Current clinical, radiological and treatment perspectives of patellofemoral pain syndrome

Br J Radiol. 2018 Jun;91(1086):20170456. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20170456. Epub 2018 Jan 22.


Anterior knee pain in active young adults is commonly related to patellofemoral pain syndrome, which can be broadly classified into patellar malalignment and patellar maltracking. Imaging is performed to further elucidate the exact malalignment and maltracking abnormalities and exclude other differentials. This article details the role of the stabilizers of the patellofemoral joint, findings on conventional and multimodality imaging aiding in patellofemoral pain syndrome diagnosis and characterization, and current perspectives of various treatment approaches.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Multimodal Imaging
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome / diagnostic imaging*
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome / therapy*
  • Radiography
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed