William R. Post
"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what we do, and how to do it."
—Abraham Lincoln, from the House Divided Speech, 1858
Accurate, concise clinical evaluation of patients with patellofemoral disorders is the cornerstone of successful diagnosis and treatment. There are three functions of the history and physical examination: (1) to suggest the diagnosis by eliciting a complete history; (2) to confirm the diagnosis by reproducing symptoms on examination; and (3) to use pertinent physical findings to help direct both nonoperative and operative treatment.