The psychological features of patellofemoral pain (PFP)

Can psychological characteristics be identified in individuals with PFP and do they correlate to PFP severity?

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is highly prevalent in adolescence and adulthood. It often becomes persistent and a challenge to treat. PFP is usually considered in a biomechanical paradigm, however this systematic review has found that non-physical, psychological features may also play a role. The aim of this study was to identify whether the psychological characteristics of individuals with PFP differs from asymptomatic controls and to evaluate the correlations between psychological characteristics and PFP severity. 


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