Effects of weight-bearing versus non-weight-bearing exercises for patellofemoral pain syndrome

Author(s): Suffian Khalid, Haider Khan Pasha, Sana Altaf, Hafiz Abdul Rahman, Sufian Ahmed, Samiya noreen

Background: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is an ailment that arises owing to overdoing doings that surges the pain and the compacting compulsion on the patellofemoral joint through activity. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is described as a dispersed pre-patellar and retro patellar suffering. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is frequently thought to be encountered by young and early adults.

Objective: The main objective of the study was to compare the effects of Weight-Bearing Versus non-weight-bearing Exercises for Patellofemoral Pain syndrome.

Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental design. This study was conducted in Sughra Physiotherapy and Polyclinic, Riphah Rehabilitation Clinic, Max Rehab clinic. 56 participants meeting the predetermined inclusive and exclusive criteria were indiscriminately allocated into two batches via consecutive sampling techniques. In individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome, one group received multiple-joint weight-bearing quadriceps exercise whereas the other received single-joint nonweight bearing quadriceps exercises. The therapy consisted of a total of 6 weeks for all the workout classes and was carried out 3 days a week. A 5-minute static bike ergometer ride as a warm - up for each session. The training session was performed with 2-second rest repeated.

Results: There was no major difference in pain and function with a p-value >0.05 over the treatment for weight-bearing exercises and non-weight bearing exercise. There was however a substantial difference in each treatment group with a p-value <0.05.

Conclusion: All weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercises are equally successful in treating individuals with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS).