Hannah Gregg

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Susan Jeno


Patellofemoral pain syndrome, anteromedial knee pain, neuromuscular re-education, biofeedback, and McConnell taping and Kinesio-taping applications.


Background and Purpose This report outlines a patient' s course of physical therapy for knee pain that was consistent with patellofemoral pain syndrome. First, the case discusses the current literature on the diagnosis and treatment of the condition, then describes a narrative of the patient's initial evaluation to his outcomes and discharge, Lastly, it reflects upon his experiences with results in the literature regarding others who have this condition.

Case Description. The patient presented to the outpatient clinic with anteromedial knee pain following a referral from an orthopedic physician. A subjective history and physical therapy examination were performed to reach a diagnosis to guide the plan of care.

Intervention. The patient underwent interventions for the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome including hip, knee, and core strengthening, neuromuscular re-education, biofeedback, and McConnell taping and Kinesio-taping applications. Additionally, extensive education was provided for the treatment and prevention of the condition, and exercises were prescribed for him to complete outside of therapy.

Outcomes. Following physical therapy, the patient had increased strength and improved lower extremity mechanics during dynamic activities. Ultimately, he was able to return to all daily activities without accompanying knee pain.

Discussion. The case study was reflected upon and compared to literature on physical therapy treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. The patient's case was reflective of the therapy components suggested for use in those with this diagnosis, and he consequently reported positive outcomes following therapy. Therefore, aspects in this case study can be continued with future patients who have patellofemoral pain syndrome.