Online Course
Patellofemoral Joint Instability
Gain the knowledge to expertly manage patellofemoral instability

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 instability is a complex orthopaedic condition that frequently affects children and adolescents. While first-time dislocation is often managed conservatively, as many as 36 percent of patients will have recurrent instability. Various risk factors have been identified that increase the risk of recurrent instability. Understanding each client’s unique presentation is essential to determine the optimal management.


This course aims to provide an overview of patellofemoral instability, focusing on risk factors and effective management strategies.


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:

  • explain patellofemoral joint instability, dislocation and subluxation
  • discuss five risk factors associated with patellofemoral joint instability
  • discuss the impact of trochlear morphology, the position of the tibial tubercle and a long patella tendon on patellofemoral joint instability
  • select an appropriate management strategy for patellofemoral joint instability based on a case scenario
  • list two outcome measurements that can be used when treating persons with patellofemoral joint instability

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.