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What Is the Patellofemoral Joint?


Updated June 12, 2014

What Is the Patellofemoral Joint?
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Definition: Anatomically, there are three compartments in the knee. Where the femur (thigh bone) meets the tibia (large shin bone), there is an inner (medial) and outer (lateral) compartment. The third compartment, formed by the patella (kneecap) and femur, is known as the patellofemoral joint.

Pronunciation: puh-tella-fem-or-uhl

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