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Grand Rounds: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome


By S. Derrick Eddy, MD , Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship ProgramAkron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Explain the current literature in diagnosis and treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. 2. Recognize a more global approach to diagnosing and treating patellofemoral pain syndrome. 3. Describe helpful tips on running technique in managing patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is one of the most common causes of anterior knee pain. Despite being so common, we do not fully understand the mechanism of why it occurs. Patellofemoral pain can be severe, possibly leading to avoidance of activity or even long-term disability. However, with proper treatment, this often can be avoided. This is a look into the literature to grasp why it is so common, what is the best way to treat patellofemoral pain and how we could prevent it.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.