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2020 Oct 23

J Clin Med



Medical Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain and Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review.


Macri EM, Hart HF, Thwaites D, Barton CJ, Crossley KM, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, van Middelkoop M
J Clin Med. 2020 Oct 23; 9(11).
PMID: 33114034.


Patellofemoral pain (PFP) and patellofemoral osteoarthritis (PFOA) are common, persistent conditions that may lie along a pathological spectrum. While evidence supports exercise-therapy as a core treatment for PFP and PFOA, primary care physicians commonly prescribe medication, or refer for surgical consults in persistent cases. We conducted a systematic review of medical interventions (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and surgical) for PFP and PFOA to inform primary care decision making.