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Patellofemoral Pain – A Subjective Examination

Online Course: Subjective Examination of Patellofemoral Pain

Develop your patellofemoral assessment skills

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Claire Robertson

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

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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.

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