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How can we reduce patellofemoral load in rehab?

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With many things in life, there’s a sweet spot. Drinking at a wedding is a good example. Too little and you’re self-conscious on the dance floor, too much and you’re knee sliding into an elderly relative. Hit the sweet spot and you’ve got moves like Jagger!

The same is true for patellofemoral (PF) load. We want to load the joint. That’s what it’s for. We just don’t want to overload and irritate it. So how do we find this sweet spot? What activities have a high PF load and how can we reduce it?

In our video below we answer these questions and discuss two key factors that influence PF load that you can modify during rehab. These also explain why knee sliding isn’t ideal for patellofemoral pain! As ever we include the latest research, in particular this review from Hart et al. (2022) just published in the BJSM.

Find out more about patellofemoral pain and all common running injuries on the Running Repairs Course. Visit our course page for the latest dates and to learn about our online course.



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