University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository





Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the diagnosis, initial management, and treatment options for the adolescent athlete who presents with patellar instability. The intention is to provide primary care providers with background information to better assist in the initial management of these patients in an effort to improve their overall outcomes.

Method: Literature searches were conducted on various platforms for the identification and management options for patellar instability. Search terms of: adolescent knee pain, patellar instability, and treatment of patellar instability were used. These searches revealed numerous articles suitable for a review article.

Results: There is a cornucopia of studies that reveal the data, but few that are geared toward the target audience of this article, the family medicine provider.

Conclusion: Patellar instability in the adolescent athlete is an occurrence that is gaining in prevalence because of increased participation in sporting activities. As primary care providers it is crucial that we differentiate between routine knee pain and pain related patellar instability through physical exam. Additionally, it is imperative that we take the appropriate steps early in the intervention phase while consultation to orthopedics is pending.


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