Management Techniques for Patellofemoral Pathologies

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Joshua Driesenga

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Dr. Kirk Brumels

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Patellofemoral pain is the syndrome that is the most common cause of anterior knee pain. Patellofemoral pathologies are injuries to the patellofemoral articular surface which can be chronic or acute in nature. These pathologies are a result of overuse, malalignment, structural inefficiency, or trauma. In order to differentiate between these pathologies there are multiple special tests that can be done. History of what the patient has been experiencing day to day is also very important during the differentiating process. Most physicians will suggest conservative treatment before going through the different surgical options. The object of this presentation is to explain various patellofemoral pathologies, understand the importance of getting a thorough history, discuss conservative treatment options, and discuss surgical techniques.

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