[Patellar subluxation: where are we in 1995?]

Published online: Sep 27 1995

J Y Dupont.

Service de chirurgie orthop├ędique, Clinique Saint Michel et Sainte Anne, Quimper France.


In 1995 orthopedic surgeons cope daily with problems related to patellofemoral pathology. The lack of a true relation between the anomalies and the clinical signs is only one of the misleading factors. In spite of the abundant literature on the subject, misunderstanding remains the rule, starting with lack of consensus about the value of words and what they mean. Solutions will come only from a rigorous and scientific approach, in which imaging techniques will probably play a major role. This will be the only way to get rid of one of the last important myths of knee pathology: "the patellar pain syndrome".