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  • New in the Literature: Chronic Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Br J Sports Med. 2012;46(4):243-246.)

    The 5-year outcome in most patients with chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) who undergo knee arthroscopy and participate in a home exercise program is equally good to patients who participate in a home exercise program only, say authors of an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. However, some of the patients in both groups do have long-term symptoms, they add.

    Fifty-six patients with PFPS were randomized into 2 groups—an arthroscopy group (N=28) and an 8-week home exercise program, and a control group (N=28) treated with a similar 8-week home exercise program only. The primary outcome was the Kujala score on pain and function at 5 years. Secondary outcomes were visual analogue scales (VASs) to assess activity-related symptoms.

    According to the Kujala score, both groups showed a marked improvement during the 5-year follow-up—a mean improvement of 14.7 in the arthroscopy group and 13.5 in the controls. No differences between the groups in mean improvement in the Kujala score (group difference 1.2) or in the VAS scores were found. None of the investigated factors predicted the long-term outcome, but in most of the cases the treatment result immediately after the exercise program remained similar also after the 5-year follow-up.


    • Would be interested to know what specific exercises were issued for home exercise program

      Posted by Laura Croix on 6/8/2012 2:46 PM

    • What exercises were used??

      Posted by Olivia howard on 6/8/2012 9:34 PM

    • Interested in knowing what exercises were used??

      Posted by Michelle Doyle on 6/9/2012 1:19 AM

    • would like to know: cause of injury duration of date of injury to first PT treatment prescribed HEP frequency/week

      Posted by glenn on 6/9/2012 6:18 AM

    • I also would be interested in the exercise and frequency and if taping was also used.

      Posted by Betty Richey on 6/9/2012 12:12 PM

    • Would like to know the exercises used.

      Posted by Elizabeth A Allen on 6/9/2012 1:48 PM

    • Always intetrested i9n the therex.

      Posted by mike bailey on 6/10/2012 5:20 PM

    • It is vital to know the age of your customer and the various physical therapy treatment options available during the study.

      Posted by Heidi Harris on 6/11/2012 2:49 PM

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      Posted by News Now staff on 6/12/2012 11:56 AM

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