Proximal exercises are effective in treating patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common knee problem. Multiple factors are suggested to contribute to PFPS like proximal and distal muscle imbalance/weakness, overuse, soft issue tightness and poor lower limb alignment. This systematic review investigates the effect of proximal orientated exercise (hip and lumbo-pelvic) in reducing pain and improving function in patients with PFPS. A total of eight studies were included.
The systematic review concluded that proximal intervention resulted in a reduction of pain and function in the short and long term. Knee exercise programs had variable outcomes > from Peters et al., Int J Sports Phys Ther. 8 (2013) 689-700. All rights reserved to The Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
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