Testing & Diagnosis for Patellofemoral Pain in Children

Tests

How does a doctor know if my child has patellofemoral pain?

Your doctor will conduct a physical exam of your child as well as inquire into your child's medical history. The doctor may perform further tests, including

  • X-ray – a diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.