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Activity modification, load management yields successful outcomes in patellofemoral pain

Patellofemoral Update Blog, a blog sponsored by The Patellofemoral Foundation highlights the perspective of Daniel W. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at HSS, on a recent study published in American Journal of Sports Medicine assessing the effects of a treatment strategy for adolescents ages 10-14 years with patellofemoral pain (PFP).

Dr. Green wrote the researchers studied the effectiveness of a well-defined 12-week program which combined activity modification, education, exercises, and an activity ladder to assist young athletes to return to pain-free activities. He noted the program demonstrated an 86 percent success rate with improved KOOS scores, and that while the study did not include a control or no treatment group, the high success rate compared favorably to previous programs.

Dr. Green concluded, “I believe that this well-written article, along with its appendix, provides clinicians with a concrete and straightforward treatment program for patellofemoral pain and Osgood shatter disease in the young athletic population.”

Read the full article at Healio.com.