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  • ABPTRFE Now On Facebook

    APTA recently launched a Facebook page for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Physical therapists and students are encouraged to visit www.facebook.com/ABPTRFE, 'like' the page to get the latest news and updates, and connect with other programs and participants. E-mail feedback related to the page and content to resfel@apta.org.  

    PT 2012 Daily News Available Online

    Today's issue of PT 2012 Daily News is available online. Read about the 8 chapters and sections that were recognized at Sunday's Component Leadership Meeting for their inspirational and outstanding work. A summary on the career of Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who delivered the 43rd annual McMillan Lecture this morning, also is available. Access the issue at the PT 2012 webpage under "The Basics." 

    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.