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Physio reduces patellofemoral (knee cap) pain

Patellofemoral pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint, affecting between 10-20 per cent of the general population. It is the single most common diagnosis in sports medicine and sports physiotherapy practices. If left untreated, symptoms often get progressively worse. Early diagnosis and treatment may result in a quicker recovery, and less pain.

A systematic review of randomised control trials to determine the most effective treatment provides high-level evidence supporting the role of physiotherapy as the mainstay of treatment for patellofemoral pain.

Innovative Physio interventions attempt to restore the biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint by strengthening the quadriceps – specifically the vastus medialis obliquus – and the hips.
At Innovative Physio the real-time ultrasound is used for biofeedback- a powerful rehabilitation tool to improve the motor control and strength of the knee, hip and abdominal cylinder muscles.

Studies support the inclusion of quadriceps
exercise, which can reduce knee pain
and may improve activity.

Therapeutic exercise and strengthening treatment are frequently combined with procedures to adjust the patella (tape, brace, mobilisation and stretching), and with patients modifying their activity.

Combining an exercise component (including vasti retraining, hip and abdominal cylinder muscle training) with patella adjustment procedures is recommended as the most effective approach, which has gained widespread acceptance in Australia and increasingly internationally.

Physiotherapy reduces patellofemoral pain

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Innovative Physio integrates clinical expertise with evidence-based research, in the assessment and management of movement disorders.

Physiotherapy reduces patellofemoral pain using techniques to control pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and improve muscle strength.

To enhance recovery and help prevent further injuries, we can advise you and design a tailored exercise program to improve the strength of the knee and leg muscles, and maintain good general fitness.

References
Australian Physiotherapy Association (2006). Evidence–based clinical statement: Therapeutic exercise in physiotherapy.
Crossley, Kay (2005). Evidence-based clinical statement: Physiotherapy treatments for patellofemoral pain. Australian Physiotherapy Association

 

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