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Compared with usual care, supervised exercise in primary care for people with patellofemoral syndrome does not significantly increase self-reported recovery, but it improves pain and function in the short term and pain in the long term
  1. Jyrki Kettunen
  1. Correspondence to Jyrki Kettunen
    ORTON Research Institute, ORTON Foundation, Tenholantie 10, 00280 Helsinki, Finland; jyrki.kettunen{at}orton.fi

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem that affects many aspects of daily life.1 ,2 The possibly multifactorial aetiology of PFPS is not fully understood, and a wide range of treatments have been used in patients with the syndrome.3 Heintjes and colleagues4 found some evidence that exercise therapy reduces anterior knee pain in patients with PFPS. They also pointed to the need for studies comparing exercise treatment with non-exercise in these patients.

Van Linschoten and colleagues conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of supervised exercise therapy compared with …

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