Strengthen the Hip for PFPS

Reference:Dolak KL, et al Hip strengthening prior to functional exercises reduces pain sooner than quadriceps strengthening in females with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011;41(8):560-70. Epub 2011 Jun 7.

In this RCT 33 females with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) were randomly allocated to receive either 4 weeks of hip strengthening exercises or 4 weeks of quadriceps strengthening exercises. Furthermore, both groups received another 4 weeks of functional weight-bearing exercises.

After 4 weeks, the mean VAS pain level was 2.4 for the hip-strengthening group and 4.1 for the quad-strengthening group. After 8 weeks, there was no difference in functional scores between the two groups.

Clinical Relevance: Both rehab approaches improved function and reduced pain; however initial hip strengthening may provide earlier pain relief than exercises focused on only the quadriceps.

Lunge antero-laterally, laterally and postero-laterally 3 X 3 sets Return SLOWLY with control

Posted on: October 06, 2011

Categories: Hip , Knee

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