Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Review of Pathology & Current Trends in Nonoperative Therapy


The knee is a common site for injury. The condition referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders affecting a wide range of age groups. It is a treatable condition. The physical therapist becomes an important member in the effort to relieve symptoms and return patients back to their desired level of activity.

This interactive course is designed for the intermediate therapist who evaluates and treats the common and often difficult dysfunction seen in the patellofemoral joint.

The learner will be provided with:

  • An anatomical review of the patellofemoral joint complete with medical illustrations
  • A review of the biomechanics and pathology of this lower extremity joint
  • An in-depth case study commonly seen in the clinic setting
  • Current thoughts, trends and recent research in rehabilitative treatment
  • Taping and bracing techniques
  • Discussion of surgical interventions in the treatment of patellofemoral dysfunction

Teaching methods:
Course content is delivered in a text format with case examples, pictures and graphics, references, resources and web links provided. You also have the opportunity for email interaction with the course instructor and fellow course participants. At the conclusion of the course, there is a Final Exam, which requires a minimum passing score of 80%.

This course has been approved by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 6 Contact Hours.

Course Goal: Participants in this course will gain a thorough review of the functional anatomy of the patellofemoral joint, be presented with newly formed treatment plans for the physical therapy practice, and will be able to identify aspects of treatment of the dysfunction of the patellofemoral joint (commonly referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome).

Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • List the soft tissue restraints and forces having a direct influence on the tracking of the patellofemoral joint
  • Describe rationale behind the maltracking syndrome frequently seen in patellofemoral syndrome
  • Identify the anatomical factors that can be genetically related to the maltracking of the patella and how to address each in the rehabilitative program
  • Design a rehabilitative program from initial pain control to the enhancement of proper patellar tracking
  • Choose appropriate bracing or taping procedure consistent with a patient’s symptoms and objective findings upon evaluation

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