How can Kinetic R+P help?
Taking a detailed history with symptoms behaviour and location of symptoms is important in differentiating PFP from other knee presentations such as tibiofemoral OA, meniscal lesions and ligament strains.
A thorough physical examination is crucial in determining the physical factors associated with anterior knee pain, but as yet there is no definitive clinical test, however PFP is evident in 80% of people who are positive on this test.
Goals and Expectations are discussed and a management plan is established together.
Current evidence supports strategies such as exercise therapy to address hip and knee dysfunction such as gluteal and quadriceps weakness and tightness, and lower limb dynamic control around the foot and ankle.
There is also good evidence to support education for PFP to allow for self-management, with topics such as load management, weight management, understanding the value of exercise therapy, and addressing any psychosocial factors such as fear of movement or avoidance behaviours.