Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

ISSN 2055-2386
Original Research

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

Konstantinos Papadopoulos1*, Russell Kabir2 and Dimitris Stasinopoulos3

*Correspondence: Konstantinos Papadopoulos

1. Middlesex University London, Faculty of Science and Technology, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, UK.

Author Affiliations

2. Anglia Ruskin University, Public Health Department, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UK.

3. Physiotherapy programme, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1516, UK.


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.

Keywords: Focus group, physiotherapy practice, patellofemoral pain syndrome, strength, flexibility, pain,

ISSN 2055-2386
Volume 4
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