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The patellofemoral joint

Simon Donell

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.008010

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The patellofemoral joint

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The symptomatic patellofemoral joint is difficult to manage.

It is difficult to be certain that the pain felt by the patient is actually arising from the joint.

The majority of symptomatic patients should be managed conservatively with exercises aimed at improving muscle control.

Surgical treatment gives best results in patellofemoral instability when there are defined anatomical abnormalities that are then corrected.

Surgical treatment of patellofemoral arthritis has uncertain outcomes.

Chapter.  5239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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