Management of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Evidence based treatment approaches for anterior knee pain
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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is an umbrella term used for pain arising from the patellofemoral joint itself, or adjacent soft tissues. It is characterised by anterior knee pain but can be felt in other areas of the knee. Pain arises with activities such as stair climbing, squatting, or rising from sitting to standing. According to research some forms of therapy are effective as stand alone interventions and others should be used in combination. It is important for the therapist to have a good knowledge of which interventions are evidence based for treatment of PFPS. The course will provide you with practical advice on education, exercises, and treatment modalities for knee pain and will then focus on the specific evidence based treatment options for PFPS.
The aim of the course is to familiarise you with the evidence based treatment options for PFPS and to provide you with practical advice on how to treat knee pain.
The course content is split into the following sections:
- Video of interview with topic specialist
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe 3 aspects of education to be covered with a patient with Patellofemoral Pain
- create an evidence based treatment program for an individual with Patellofemoral Pain based on a case presentation