Reference:Crossley K, Bennell K, Green S, Cowan S, McConnell J. Physical therapy for patellofemoral pain: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Sports Med. 2002 Nov-Dec;30(6):857-65.
Credit for this review: Bahram Jam, PT (APTEI)
This is an excellent randomized, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine providing significant evidence for Physiotherapy intervention for individuals with Patello-femoral pain (PFP).
67 patients with PFP of greater than one-month were randomly allocated to either the placebo or the PT intervention group.
The PT group received 6 treatments including quads and gluteal retraining with home exercises, patellar mobilizations and specific patellar taping.
The placebo group also received treatments of sham ultrasound, light application of a non-therapeutic gel and placebo taping.
Result:The patients in the Physical therapy group had SIGNIFICANTLY greater improvements in average pain and disability scores than the unfortunate patients in the placebo group.