Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - Contemporary Management Strategies
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common clinical conditions in patients of either sex, all activity levels and ages and is presented as a diffuse, anteriorly of the knee which deteriorates with activities such as squatting, running, kneeling and descending stairs.Research conducted in eight general practices in the United Kingdom has shown that AKP represents 12% of all knee-related consultations and 71% of these cases are diagnosed as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) . In addition, functional tasks such as squats, stationary cycling, static quadriceps, active straight leg raise, leg press, and step-up and down exercises are suitable for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (Harvie et al., 2011). Regardless the available treatment techniques that clinicians have in their hands, there is still no evidence regarding the effectiveness of those techniques in different patient populations (athletic/nonathletic patients/military) and in different clinical environments (sport clinics/hospitals). Therefore, there might be a lot of literature on assessing and treating patients with PFPS that clinicians cannot use because of the patient characteristics or because of barriers in their clinical environments. Future studies should address these concerns.
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