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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
SJR: 0.121 SNIP: 0.228 CiteScore™: 0.17

ISSN Print: 0896-2960
ISSN Online: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v15.i2.40
26 pages

A Nonsurgical Approach to Examination and Treatment of the Patellofemoral Joint, Part 1: Examination of the Patellofemoral Joint

Robert C. Manske
Department of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University, 1845 North Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0043and Via Christi Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Wichita, KS
George J. Davies
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine, Onalaska, WI; and Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA

ABSTRACT

Patellofemoral pain is a very complex and often times vague pathology located in the area of the anterior knee commonly causing both pain and dysfunction. Included in this 2-part series will be this article, which will detail pertinent anatomy, and biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint and thoroughly detail the history and physical examination and evaluation of this perplexing condition. Part 2 of this series will detail the nonsurgical approach to treatment of the patellofemoral joint using an evidence-based rehabilitation approach.


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