A pain-coping approach for chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Vicente Basanta, Elena
Background: Patellofemoral pain syndrome, or PFPS, is a high prevalence condition, especially amongst the young female population, but despite this, diagnose and treatment are not yet well established and as many as 50 % of patients continue to experience symptoms on the long term. Recent research shows patients with long term PFPS have worse overall mental health, as well as hyperalgesia and lower pressure pain threshold, indicating possible centralization mechanisms. These findings pose the question of a multidisciplinary approach to PFPS treatment, with physical as well as psychological interventions. Objective: To determine if pain coping skills training reduces PFPS symptoms compared to a sham psychological intervention. Design: This is a randomized, parallel-group, single blind, sham-controlled clinical trial. Participants: Adults between the ages of 18 and 50, living in the province of Girona, Spain, diagnosed with PFPS with symptoms lasting for longer than 3 months. Intervention: Pain coping skills training or non-directive counselling. All groups will also receive exercise rehabilitation ​
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