This article offers the reader an evidence-informed and clinically reasoned review of the current literature with respect to proximal interventions in the management of patellofemoral pain. The evidence clearly backs up this approach, but it is not possible to establish the mechanism of the effect or to identify patient subgroups within which favourable outcomes are more likely. From reading this article you will gain a broader understanding of how hip strengthening can be implemented, targeted to specific individuals and consequently results in more favourable outcomes for your patients.
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Simon Lack MSc, MCSP is a PhD student at Queen Mary University London (QMUL), studying the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the presentation and management of patellofemoral pain. He graduated from Brunel University in 2005 with a degree in Physiotherapy, and went gone on to study for an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at QMUL in 2010. Simon works as a physiotherapist in two London-based private clinics, having previously worked in New Zealand with professional golfers, local rugby and football teams.
Simon is also one of two commissioning editors for the MSK Assessment and Diagnosis stream and MSK Assessment and Diagnosis Case Study stream along with Dr Dylan Morrissey.
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