Local and widespread hyperalgesia in female runners with patellofemoral pain are influenced by running volume.
Marcella Ferraz Pazzinatto, Danilo de Oliveira Silva, Juliana Pradela, Maira Bergamaschi Coura, Christian Barton, Fábio Mícolis de Azevedo
J Sci Med Sport | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVES: To compare pressure pain threshold (PPT) around the knee (local hyperalgesia) and at a site remote to the knee (widespread hyperalgesia) between female runners with and without patellofemoral pain (PFP); and to evaluate the relationship between running volume, self-reported knee function and PPT measures. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Twenty female runners with PFP and twenty pain-free female runners participated in the study. PPTs were measured using a handheld pressure algometer at four sites in the patellar region: quadriceps tendon, medial patella, lateral patella and patellar tendon; and on the contralateral upper limb. Additionally, all participants were asked to ..View full abstract