Journal article

Medical Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain and Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review

Erin M Macri, Harvi F Hart, David Thwaites, Christian J Barton, Kay M Crossley, Sita MA Bierma-Zeinstra, Marienke van Middelkoop

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) and patellofemoral osteoarthritis (PFOA) are common, persistent conditions that may lie along a pathological spectrum. While evidence supports exercise-therapy as a core treatment for PFP and PFOA, primary care physicians commonly prescribe medication, or refer for surgical consults in persistent cases. We conducted a systematic review of medical interventions (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and surgical) for PFP and PFOA to inform primary care decision making. METHODS: Following protocol registration, we searched seven databases for randomized clinical trials of our target interventions for PFP and PFOA. Our primary outcome was pain. We assessed risk of bias, calcu..

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