Ankle Injuries and Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint, affecting between 10 – 20 per cent of the general population. It is the single most common diagnosis in sports medicine and sports physiotherapy practices. If left untreated, symptoms often get progressively worse. Early diagnosis and treatment may result in a quicker recovery, and less pain. A systematic review of randomised control trials to determine the most effective treatment provides high-level evidence supporting the role of physiotherapy as the mainstay of treatment for patellofemoral pain. Physiotherapy interventions attempt to restore the biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint by strengthening the quadriceps – specifically the vastus medialis oblique – and the hips. Studies support the inclusion of quadriceps exercise, which can reduce knee pain and may improve activity. Therapeutic exercise and strengthening treatment are frequently combined with procedures to adjust the patella (tape, brace, mobilisation and stretching), and with patients modifying their activity. Combining an exercise component (including vasti retraining and hip muscle training) with patella adjustment procedures is recommended as the most effective approach, which has gained widespread acceptance in Australia and increasingly internationally. Physiotherapy reduces patellofemoral pain. Jayce Gilbert, Specialist Muculoskeletal Physiotherapist (title awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010), integrates clinical expertise with evidence-based research, in the assessment and management of movement disorders. Let our highly skilled professionals help you with patellofemoral techniques to control pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and improve muscle strength. Use our Contact page to get in touch or call Jayce on 9533 5305 to book an appointment.

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