Hip Exercises Reduce Runner’s Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or “runner’s knee” accounts for 20% of all running injuries and is more commonly diagnosed in females. Luckily, a new study has found hip strengthening exercises can help reduce the symptoms associated with this common injury. Today, Tracy Dierks, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Research at the Motion Analysis Research Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy at Indiana University shares his findings with PT Talker.

The study focused on using exercises to improve hip strength to reduce symptoms of PFPS when running. The exercises were performed twice a week at home for 30 to 45 minutes and included single-leg squats and resistance band exercises. Although the study has not yet been published, it has been presented at two recent conferences including the Boston APTA. The case study is targeted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy in the fall. Tune in now to learn more.

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