Perceptions of physiotherapists of their role in reducing pain and increasing, function, strength and flexibility in patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Papadopoulos, Konstantinos ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4489-8540, Kabir, Russell and Stasinopoulos, Dimitris (2017) Perceptions of physiotherapists of their role in reducing pain and increasing, function, strength and flexibility in patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4 . ISSN 2055-2386 [Article] (doi:10.7243/2055-2386-4-9)

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Abstract

Study objectives: The purpose of this focus group study was to establish the physiotherapy treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome in North-West Wales. In addition the study aimed to report the barriers that stopped physiotherapists from increasing strength and flexibility and the contradictions of physiotherapists’ beliefs regarding their practice.

Methods: The investigation was based on specific and priori designed questions. Two focus groups were conducted, where physiotherapists discussed the results of a feasibility study conducted in their department. 11 hypotheses discussed whilst 13 evidence statements reported by the merger of the answers to the hypotheses. A level of consensus was described using the moderator’s notes.

Results: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome physiotherapy works; not through strength and flexibility but through pain and function improvement. However, this practice often only has a short-term effect.

Conclusions: Group classes and better education on the importance of specific exercises and self-managing should be researched whilst the long-term effect of these treatment components should also be assessed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article No.: 9
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Rehabilitation Exercise Science at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 22519
Notes on copyright: © 2017 Papadopoulos et al; licensee Herbert Publications Ltd.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Kostas Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 18:05
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22519

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