What is the focus of clinical history for the evaluation of patellofemoral arthritis?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Patients with patellofemoral arthritis typically present with anterior knee pain. The patient should be asked the following questions:

  • How long has the pain been present?

  • What makes it worse?

  • Is the condition aggravated by prolonged squatting, stair climbing, or other activities?

  • Is the pain dull and achy or is it sharp?

  • Have you sought treatment for this condition in the past?

  • Why are you seeking treatment now?

  • Has there been a recent change in your activity?

  • What type of work do you do?

  • What other types of activities do you participate in (eg, gardening, kneeing at church, yoga, cycling)

  • Have you noticed swelling in the knee?

  • Have you had prior knee surgeries?


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