Online Course
Subjective Examination of Patellofemoral Pain
Develop your patellofemoral assessment skills

1.5-2 hours





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

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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.


The aim of this course is to introduce key points in the subjective examination of the knee with a focus on patients with patellofemoral pain


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 1.5-2 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 1.5 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:

  • discuss at least 6 knee injuries that can occur due to specific mechanisms of injury as determined by the subjective examination of case scenarios
  • describe at least 6 possible causes of patellofemoral pain based upon findings from the subjective examination from different case scenarios
  • describe the poor relationship between crepitus, pain and function

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 is an excellent course. I recommend that all therapists participate in it as it will improve how you develop your exercise routines for your patients, especially those with patellofemoral pain.
Joan Rattray
I am a physiotherapist new to the MSK service. This course teaches me how to apply accurate clinical reasoning in the subjective assessment of the patellofemoral joint.
Demelum Uche-okoye
United Kingdom
This course has been a good learning opportunity for me! It helped me to understand key points. It also brushed up the knowledge I possessed upon graduation and while working. I recommend this course to all clinicians. Thank you very much!
Saima zeb
Enjoyable and easy to follow course. Good to see how an experienced physio thinks through her assessment. Would recommend it.
Jenny O'Neill