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The immediate effect of lumbopelvic manipulation on knee pain, knee position sense, and balance in patients with patellofemoral pain: A randomized controlled trial

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Randomized Controlled Trial, Clinical trial

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2020 Jul;24(3):71-77.

Authors:

Alireza Motealleh, Ali Barzegar, Leila Abbasi

Abstract.

Background: Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is a common musculoskeletal disorder. Quadriceps and core muscle neuromuscular control impairments are frequently associated with PFP. Lumbopelvic manipulation (LPM) has been shown to improve quadriceps and core muscle activation and decrease their inhibition, but changes in balance and knee joint position sense (JPS) after this intervention remain unknown.

Objective: To determine whether LPM decreases knee pain and JPS error and increases balance performance in patients with PFP.

Design: Randomized controlled trial.

Setting: Biomechanics laboratory at a rehabilitation science research center.

Methods: Forty-four patients with PFP participated in this study that randomly divided into two equal groups. One group received LPM and the other received sham LPM (positioning with no thrust) in a single session. At baseline and immediately after the intervention, the outcomes of pain using a visual analog scale, balance using the modified star excursion balance test (mSEBT), and JPS at 20° and 60° of knee flexion using a Biodex dynamometer.

Results: There was a statistically significant improvement in pain, balance control (anterior direction) and JPS in the LPM group immediately after the intervention. In addition, we observed significant differences between groups in pain, balance control (anterior direction) and JPS at 60° of knee flexion immediately after the intervention.

Conclusion: A single session of LPM immediately improved balance control, knee JPS, and pain in patients diagnosed with PFP.

Publication Date: 

2020 Jul

OEID: 

3343

Motealleh, A., Barzegar, A., Abbasi, L. (2020) 'The immediate effect of lumbopelvic manipulation on knee pain, knee position sense, and balance in patients with patellofemoral pain: A randomized controlled trial ', J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2020 Jul;24(3):71-77.

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