Claire Robertson


Wimbledon Clinics,Parkside Hospital,

53 Parkside, Wimbledon,London, SW19 5NX



The frustrated weekend warrior: No trauma but plagued by knee pain.


Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of the session the delegate will:
  • Be solid in using their subjective and objective exam for differentiating out.
    • Common adolescent growth related problems.
    • Patellar tendinopathy.
    • Fat Pad impingement.
    • Degeneration
    • Osteochondral defects
  • Consider all elements of the pain and movement reasoning model when planning following assessment, (ie local, regional and central issues).
  • Understand the aetiology of PFP.
  • Be confident to consider and assess commonly found intrinsic factors as drivers of PFP:
    • Pelvic control
    • Femoral position
    • Terminal extension control
    • Weak quadriceps
    • Tight lateral structures
    • Hyper/hypomobile patella
    • Tight calf
    • Excessive pronation
    • Poor movement patterning.
  • Be confident to consider and assess commonly found extrinsic factors as drivers of PFP:
    • Footwear
    • Load volume
    • Other training errors
    • Occupational factors, eg excess kneeling.
  • Be confident to write a bespoke, evidence based and reasoned rehabilitation programme, (no recipes here!!).

About Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson qualified in 1994 with a BSc(hons) Physiotherapy. She has since obtained her MSc Physiotherapy, in 2003, and PGCE in 2006. Claire has worked in the NHS, academia and private practice, and currently runs a specialist patellofemoral clinic at Wimbledon Clinics spending an hour per patient and liaising closely with their treating clinician. .Claire is also the physiotherapist for the Warren Smith ski academy.

Claire has lectured internationally and has many research papers and editorials published in internationally peer-reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer herself for Physiotherapy Research International, Physical Therapy in Sport, Clinical Anatomy and Physiotherapy. Claire runs her own post-graduate course on patellofemoral problems for physiotherapists.

In December 2012 Claire was awarded a research grant by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation to investigate the meaning of crepitus to patients with patella femoral pain syndrome.

Claire has always enjoyed sport and played tennis to GB standard as a junior. She has a love of all outdoor sports, particularly skiing and hiking. She has two children and understands the difficulties of combining rehabilitation with a busy life!

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