Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Validity of Clinical and Radiological Features.

Haim, Amir MD; Yaniv, Moshe MD; Dekel, Samuel MD, PhD; Amir, Hagay MD, MHSA, MSc(Ortho)

The aim of this study was to assess how sensitive and specific key patellofemoral physical examination tests are, and evaluate the prevalence of physical examination and radiographic findings. Sixty-one infantry soldiers with patellofemoral pain syndrome and 25 control subjects were evaluated. Evidence is provided regarding the validity of clinical and radiographic features commonly used for diagnosing patellofemoral pain syndrome. The authors conclude that physical examinations were more useful than plain radiography.

Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research.    451:223-228, October 2006.

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