Online Course
Muscle Length Assessment and Treatment Related to Patellofemoral Pain
Effectively assess and treat limited muscle length to improve patellofemoral pain

1-1.5 hours





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Claire Robertson
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Patellofemoral Expert. Consultant Physiotherapist, Researcher, Lecturer.

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Patellofemoral pain is often the result of a cumulative load. It reveals itself with prolonged and or repetitive activity or when holding certain positions. Subtle changes in load can add up over time to become a large load. A thorough assessment of the muscles which attach to and control the patella and the knee joint can provide insight into the causative factors of an individual's patellofemoral pain. This course will explore each muscle group that plays a role in knee biomechanics. It will also discuss why it is mechanically relevant to assess each group, how to assess muscle length and novel treatment strategies for each muscle group.


This course aims to examine how lower extremity muscle groups can affect patellofemoral pain and provide practical clinical knowledge which can be instantly implemented in patient care.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe role of the hamstrings in patellofemoral pain
  • describe role of the quadriceps in patellofemoral pain
  • describe role of the iliotibial band in patellofemoral pain
  • describe role of gastrocnemius and soleus in patellofemoral pain

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was great to update my current knowledge with immediately useful information that I can apply to my patient assessments and hopefully achieve better outcomes through a more targeted treatment approach.
Fiona Errington
United Kingdom