Physical therapies for subjects with patellofemoral pain syndrome: A review study

Document Type : Review Articles


Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Research Center and School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders affecting young active adults. The pathology of PFPS is not clearly understood because of its mixed pathologies however, some researchers believe predisposing factors including; soft tissue deficits, muscle imbalances and biomechanical disorders in the knee and joints proximal and distal to the knee, may result in PFPS. Considering the high prevalence of PFPS among the young adults, this paper tries to consider probable pathologies and current physical therapy protocols for subjects with PFPS based on the studies performed during last two decades. Using the last treatment findings for this syndrome, physiotherapists can efficiently treat their patients individually, based on different pathologies during their assessment. So, the current researcher tried to gather and present the data using the articles published in the data bases of pubmed, science direct, web of knowledge and google scholar.Keywords: Patellofemoral pain syndrome, Causes of pain in patellofemoral joint, Physical therapies for PFPS subjects