Testing & Diagnosis for Patellofemoral Pain in Children

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Contact the Lower Extremity Program

  • 1-617-355-6021
  • International: +01-617-355-5209
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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.
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