Patellofemoral pain treatment for runners

Are exercise and gait retraining of added value on top of education in the management of patellofemoral pain?

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is one of the most common running-related conditions that is defined by pain around or behind the patella associated with loading of the patellofemoral joint.

Common treatment of PFP in runners include:

  1. Education where the focus is on training load management;
  2. Exercises where lower limb muscles are strengthened;
  3. Gait-retraining where running style is modified through varying the type of foot strike or the cadence. 

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