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A diagnosis of patellofemoral pain syndrome does not exist

Akbar Y. Maniya, MD, Diana C. Patterson, MD, and Ronald P. Grelsamer, MD, discuss the term “patellofemoral pain syndrome” in this Patellofemoral Update and encourage physicians to not automatically use an umbrella term like this to simplify a visit. Doing so may lead to missing an important, treatable or critical diagnosis.

Akbar Maniya
Akbar Y. Maniya
Diana C Patterson
Diana C. Patterson

Ronald Grelsamer photo
Ronald P. Grelsamer

“Palpation of the peripatellar soft tissues remains a critical part of the evaluation. Finally, in the absence of any clear knee pathology, it behooves the orthopedist to evaluate the lower extremity in its entirety,” they wrote.

Patellofemoral Update focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The blog is sponsored by the Patellofemoral Foundation whose mission is to improve the care of individuals with anterior knee pain through targeted education and research. The Patellofemoral Foundation offers additional online education resources on its website.

Members of the Patellofemoral Foundation review and add clinical perspective to recently published studies on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The twice monthly blogs are edited by John P. Fulkerson, MD, and can be found on www.healio.com/orthopaedics. To read all the Patellofemoral Update blogs, click here.

 

Akbar Y. Maniya, MD, Diana C. Patterson, MD, and Ronald P. Grelsamer, MD, discuss the term “patellofemoral pain syndrome” in this Patellofemoral Update and encourage physicians to not automatically use an umbrella term like this to simplify a visit. Doing so may lead to missing an important, treatable or critical diagnosis.

Akbar Maniya
Akbar Y. Maniya
Diana C Patterson
Diana C. Patterson

Ronald Grelsamer photo
Ronald P. Grelsamer

“Palpation of the peripatellar soft tissues remains a critical part of the evaluation. Finally, in the absence of any clear knee pathology, it behooves the orthopedist to evaluate the lower extremity in its entirety,” they wrote.

Patellofemoral Update focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The blog is sponsored by the Patellofemoral Foundation whose mission is to improve the care of individuals with anterior knee pain through targeted education and research. The Patellofemoral Foundation offers additional online education resources on its website.

Members of the Patellofemoral Foundation review and add clinical perspective to recently published studies on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The twice monthly blogs are edited by John P. Fulkerson, MD, and can be found on www.healio.com/orthopaedics. To read all the Patellofemoral Update blogs, click here.