Effects of mobilizations in patellofemoral pain; systematic review
In January 2018 a review was published in which 361 articles were identified. Of these articles twelve randomized clinical trials were included with a total of 499 patients who underwent physiotherapy for patellofemoral complaints.
Up to 1 November 2017, five databases (CINAHL, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PubMed, Scopus, and SPORTDiscus) were searched. All randomized effect studies into physical therapeutic interventions in patients with patellofemoral complaints have been consulted. The literature was independently screened and evaluated by two reviewers using the PEDro rating scale. In case of discrepancy, a third assessor had been used to reach consensus.
Effect studies with the highest evidential value and significant best results in the short, medium and long term regarding to pain reduction and increase in function are: functional exercise therapy aimed at the hip and knee joint, patellofemoral mobilizations in combination with lumbar mobilizations and taping patella femoral. Combining hip and knee exercises is recommended above knee exercises only for the significantly best results.