Journal article

Exercise, education, manual-therapy and taping compared to education for patellofemoral osteoarthritis: a blinded, randomised clinical trial

KM Crossley, B Vicenzino, J Lentzos, AG Schache, MG Pandy, H Ozturk, RS Hinman



OBJECTIVE: Patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis (PFJ OA) contributes considerably to knee OA symptoms. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of a PFJ-targeted exercise, education manual-therapy and taping program compared to OA education alone, in participants with PFJ OA. METHODS: A randomised, participant-blinded and assessor-blinded clinical trial was conducted in primary-care physiotherapy. 92 people aged ≥40 years with symptomatic and radiographic PFJ OA participated. Physiotherapists delivered the PFJ-targeted exercise, education, manual-therapy and taping program, or the OA-education (control condition) in eight sessions over 12 weeks. Primary outcomes at 3-month (primary) and 9-m..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This trial was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Project #508966). RSH (FT#130100175) is funded in part by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. The physiotherapists who delivered the physiotherapy and control treatments were Ann Ryan, Cameron Bicknell, Steve Hawkins, Cate Boyd, Daniel Zwolak, Sharbil Wehbe, Peter Thomas, and George Tsai. We wish to thank the patients for participating in the project.