Assessment and management of chronic patellofemoral instability

J. S. Mulford, C. J. Wakeley and J. D. J. Eldridge

Chronic patellofemoral instability can be a disabling condition. Management of patients with this condition has improved owing to our increased knowledge of the functional anatomy of the patellofemoral joint. Accurate assessment of the underlying pathology in the unstable joint enables the formulation of appropriate treatment. The surgical technique employed in patients for whom non-operative management has failed should address the diagnosed abnormality. This article revies the literature on the stabilising features of the patellofemoral joint, the recommended investigations and the appropriate forms of treatment.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2007, 89-B(6), 709-716.                        

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