Difference between revisions of "Patellofemoral syndrome"

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==Background==
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*Major cause of anterior knee pain (especially in women)
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**Pain comes from contact of posterior surface of patella with the femur
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*3 major causes:
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**1. Focal trauma (least common)
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**2. Overuse
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**3. Abnormal patellar tracking (due to quadriceps weakness)
  
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==Clinical Features==
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*Gradual onset of unilateral, anterior knee pain, nonradiating
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*Pain worsened by prolonged knee flexion ("moviegoer syndrome") and stair climbing
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*Patellar grind test
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**Press patella away from femoral condyles while pt contracts the quadriceps
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***Sudden patellar pain and relaxation of the muscle is positive test
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==Treatment==
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*Conservative therapy (w/ emphasis on physical therapy and strengthening)
  
 
==See Also==
 
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Revision as of 06:07, 25 February 2012

Background

  • Major cause of anterior knee pain (especially in women)
    • Pain comes from contact of posterior surface of patella with the femur
  • 3 major causes:
    • 1. Focal trauma (least common)
    • 2. Overuse
    • 3. Abnormal patellar tracking (due to quadriceps weakness)

Clinical Features

  • Gradual onset of unilateral, anterior knee pain, nonradiating
  • Pain worsened by prolonged knee flexion ("moviegoer syndrome") and stair climbing
  • Patellar grind test
    • Press patella away from femoral condyles while pt contracts the quadriceps
      • Sudden patellar pain and relaxation of the muscle is positive test

Treatment

  • Conservative therapy (w/ emphasis on physical therapy and strengthening)

See Also

Source

  • Tintinalli