Differentiating Patellofemoral and Tibiofemoral Pain

Learn key assessment findings for the differential diagnosis of knee pain.

The knee joint is on the the largest and most complicated joints in the body and is a joint all physiotherapists should be familiar with. The complexity means it can be confusing knowing what the condition your patient may be suffering from and even more difficult to pick out the right treatment choice. Thankfully Claire Robertson is at hand to help you out.

Who is Claire Robertson?

Claire is a patellofemoral expert and has worked in the NHS, academia and most recently in private practice at the Wimbledon Clinics. Claire has lectured internationally and has many research papers and editorials published in internationally peer-reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer herself for Physiotherapy Research International, Physical Therapy in Sport, Clinical Anatomy and Physiotherapy. Who else better than Claire to teach you about patellofemoral and tibiofemoral knee assessment and treatment?

Differentiating PF & TF Pain

The knee joint is comprised of the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint. There are a variety of structures within both joints that can cause pain in and around the knee joint. Differentiating between the patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint as a source of symptoms helps to manage a person’s symptoms effectively. Information can be obtained from the subjective and objective examination to obtain a comprehensive clinical picture. In this course, Claire Robertson describes the different assessment findings that can help you determine whether the persons knee pain is arising from tibiofemoral or patellofemoral structures.

Knee Pain Doesn’t Have to be Complex

Other Courses by Claire

We have a big collection of courses by Claire for you complete, ready whenever you are!

Subjective Examination of PF Pain
This course will describe the basic anatomy of the knee. It will provide an understanding of how the mechanism of injury can relate to various pathologies. It will identify key questions to ask in the subjective examination that will help to identify the cause of patellofemoral pain as well as explain the common causes of patellofemoral joint dysfunction and the likely presentation thereof.

Subjective Assessment

Fat Pad Syndrome

Fat Pad Syndrome or Hoffa’s disease is a common source of anterior knee pain. The infrapatellar fat pad has also been identified as a key component in knee osteoarthritis and inflammation. This course discusses the different roles of the fat pad and gives you practical techniques for accurate diagnosis and proper management for conditions relating to this structure.

Fat Pad Syndrome

Patellofemoral OA Course with Claire Robertson

Patellofemoral osteoarthritis occurs in almost 25% of the general population. It is a significant contributor to pain and disability. Research and clinical practice often focuses on tibiofemoral osteoarthritis but the patellofemoral joint often develops osteoarthritis before the tibiofemoral joint. In this course Claire Robertson presents the latest literature on patellofemoral osteoarthritis and the effective management of this condition.

Patellofemoral OA Course

Knee Crepitus Course

Crepitus of the knee can be a very alarming symptom for people with knee problems and even those who have no other knee symptoms. It can provoke avoidance behaviours and anxiety responses because of lack of understanding of what the noise is and where it is coming from. Recent studies are showing that a lot of knee crepitus is actually physiological and does not have any impact on knee strength, function and pain. In this course, Claire Robertson explains exactly what crepitus is and how we should educate patients who have “noisy knees”.

Knee Crepitus Course