Addressing Hip Mobility in Patients with Patellofemoral Pain
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Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is a common condition that presents with pain and point tenderness in or around the patellofemoral joint. Pain is usually exacerbated by loading the patellofemoral joint during activity. Most of us in practice would agree that hip function and mobility are important factors in those with knee pain. Limited flexibility/mobility about the hip joint is suspected to be a contributing factor for PFP. However, these suspicions have been derived only from cadaveric modelling and case studies. As such, the purpose of the study Reviewed this week (published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 2017) was to examine differences in hip flexibility after a 6-week muscle strengthening program in subjects with and without PFP. The impetus is to help clinicians understand whether strength training alone, flexibility alone, or the combination of both should be targeted rehabilitative areas for improving patient-reported and physiological outcomes. The authors hypothesized that PFP subjects would exhibit reduced flexibility at baseline compared to controls. They also speculated that the control subjects, and all subjects with PFP who reported treatment success, would exhibit increased hip flexibility post-treatment, while those with PFP who did not have success with treatment would have limited change in flexibility…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS RESEARCH REVIEW!