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What are Effective Treatments for Patellofemoral Pain?


Knee pain

The recent paper, by Winters et al, on effective treatments for PFP is a living systematic review with network meta-analysis, meaning it analyses multiple studies and will be updated annually for at least 5 years. Its aim was to compare the effectiveness of all available treatments at 3 and 12 months’ post onset of PFP.


They used a reference group containing 7 PFP patients to decide which outcome measures were most relevant. The reference group selected the global rating of change (GROC) scale as the primary measure and pain scales as the secondary measure.


What Treatments did the Patellofemoral Pain Study Look at:

  • Education Education, exercise, patella taping/mobilisation

  • Education and foot orthoses

  • Education, exercises, patella taping/ mobilisation and orthoses