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Bony Landmarks of the Knee

Patella - palpate the superior and inferior poles of the patella, noting its position and mobility.
Tibial tuberosity - palpate for the attachment of the patellar tendon. Note any tenderness, which may be indicative of avulsion fracture or inflammation of the insertion of the patellar tendon (Osgood Schlatter disease)
Femoral condyles - palpate the medial and lateral femoral condyles.
Gerdy's tubercle (lateral tubercle of the tibia) - palpate for the insertion of the ileotibial band.
Fibular head - palpate below the knee joint laterally for the fibular head. Note its position and mobility.
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