Procedure

  1. Patient supine with legs straight and quadriceps muscles relaxed
  2. Examiner gently and slowly pushes the patella laterally and palpates the facets
  3. The test is then repeated with the examiner pushing the patella medially

Interpretation

Positive Patellar Facet Pinch Test

Facet Tenderness: Chondromalacia patella

Clinical notes

Perkin’s Sign: peripheral patellar tenderness upon medial and lateral displacement.