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Rehabilitation for Patellofemoral Syndrome

By Tim Koba, ATC

There was a new article published in the Journal of Athletic Training that compared the outcomes of two separate treatment protocols on patellofemoral syndrome (PFS).

The potential patients were screened and then enrolled in either a hip strengthening protocol or knee strengthening protocol. Patients met with the Athletic Trainer three times a week for six weeks and were instructed to do their home exercises six times a week.

At the end of the six weeks, both groups showed improvement in pain and dysfunction associated with PFS. The hip strengthening group had resolution in symptoms prior to the knee group, but the overall improvement was not statistically significant.

Adopting a hip or knee strengthening program, or a combination of both, is an effective way to treat PFS. For a link to the article click here.

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