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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This article consists of four printable client handouts covering four phases of proximal muscle rehabilitation for patellofemoral pain. If you have access to this article you will be able to click the PDF in the Media Contents box to open and print out the handouts. Each handout has about 4-6 exercises with images and exercise guidance.
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Subgrouping individuals who suffer with patellofemoral pain has been identified as an important clinical tool to improve treatment effectiveness. This article presents the reader with a possible method to achieve subgrouping, considering the common deficits that have been identified in these patients. The article encourages the reader to consider the proposed, evidence informed, approach as part of a clinically reasoned assessment and tailored patient-centred intervention. The full version of this content includes an audio recording of the article.
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.
Patellofemoral pain is widely considered to be a condition that is multifactorial in nature, and that requires a multimodal approach to its successful management. Taping is commonly used as one treatment element and there is good evidence to support its ability to modify pain and help to restore function. This article aims to provide a critical assessment of the available evidence and to help guide clinicians on the most appropriate taping intervention for individuals with PFPS. Gaps in the evidence are highlighted, but potential mechanisms are discussed to ensure clinical utility.
Patellofemoral pain is widely considered to be a condition that is multifactorial in nature, and that requires a multimodal approach to its successful management. Using an evidence-based approach to understanding the key predicators of its onset, the key determinants of its presence, and the key characteristics that predict a successful treatment outcome empowers the clinician to make better clinical decisions regarding it management.
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