Claire Robertson

PhysioPlus course tutor - Claire Robertson
Physiotherapist and Patellofemoral Expert : Wimbledon Clinics

Claire Robertson qualified in 1994 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy and obtained her MSc Physiotherapy, in 2003, and PGCE in 2006. Claire has worked in the NHS, academia and private practice, and currently runs a specialist patellofemoral clinic at Wimbledon Clinics and is also the physiotherapist for the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

Claire lectures internationally and is a respected researcher with many peer-reviewed journal publications. Claire offers a comprehensive and popular post-graduate course on patellofemoral problems for physiotherapists.

In December 2012 Claire was awarded a research grant by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation to investigate the meaning of crepitus to patients with patella femoral pain syndrome.

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Differentiating Patellofemoral and Tibiofemoral Pain

The knee joint is comprised of the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint. There are a variety of structures within both joints that can cause pain in and around the knee joint. Differentiating between the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint as a source of symptoms helps to manage a person’s symptoms effectively. Information can be obtained from the subjective and objective examination to obtain a comprehensive clinical picture. In this course, Claire Robertson describes the different assessment findings that can help you determine whether the persons knee pain is arising from tibiofemoral or patellofemoral structures.
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Fat Pad Syndrome

Fat Pad Syndrome or Hoffa’s disease is a common source of anterior knee pain. The infrapatellar fat pad has also been identified as a key component in knee osteoarthritis and inflammation. This course discusses the different roles of the fat pad and gives you practical techniques for accurate diagnosis and proper management for conditions relating to this structure.
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Knee Crepitus

Crepitus of the knee can be a very alarming symptom for people with knee problems and even those who have no other knee symptoms. It can provoke avoidance behaviours and anxiety responses because of lack of understanding of what the noise is and where it is coming from. Recent studies are showing that a lot of knee crepitus is actually physiological and does not have any impact on knee strength, function and pain. In this course, Claire Robertson explains exactly what crepitus is and how we should educate patients who have “noisy knees”
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Patellofemoral Joint Programme

The knee is a complex joint made up from many different anatomical structures. It is joint that is subject to large, dynamic forces over the course of our lives and can often be a cause of pain and disability. In this series of short courses, knee specialist Claire Robertson guides you through many of these conditions and the latest evidence based approaches to their management are identified and explained.
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Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis

Patellofemoral osteoarthritis occurs in almost 25% of the general population. It is a significant contributor to pain and disability. Research and clinical practice often focuses on tibiofemoral osteoarthritis but the patellofemoral joint often develops osteoarthritis before the tibiofemoral joint. There are a variety of risk factors that contribute to patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Being able to recognise and specifically target these could potentially slow down the progression of the condition as well as effectively manage the symptoms associated with patellofemoral osteoarthritis. In this course, Claire Robertson presents the latest literature on patellofemoral osteoarthritis and the effective management of this condition.
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Subjective Examination of Patellofemoral Pain

The subjective examination is the starting point in the assessment of any knee condition. Patellofemoral pain is an umbrella term encompassing a wide variety of etiologies. It is important to focus your investigation and a good subjective examination will help guide your physical examination. Asking key questions in your subjective examination helps to identify the root cause of pain and aggravating factors so as to ensure an efficient physical examination leading to appropriate management. This course will describe the basic anatomy of the knee. It will provide an understanding of how the mechanism of injury can relate to various pathologies. It will identify key questions to ask in the subjective examination that will help to identify the cause of patellofemoral pain as well as explain the common causes of patellofemoral joint dysfunction and the likely presentation thereof.
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