Stair Descent in Females With and Without PFPS

This article compliments previous studies investigating hip control and strength in more distal pain syndromes. It develops kinetic chain theory helping clinicians understand the relationship between pain site and pain source. A recurrent theme in the literature shows that hip dysfunction is a consistant patterns in the PFP population. It is contrary to othher stidues who found differences in hip movement pattern in this population.

Hip Strength and Hip and Knee Kinematics During Stair Descent in Females With and Without Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Bolgla, Lori et al, 2008


Determine if females with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) have hip weak and increased hip internal rotation, hip adduction, and knee valgus during stair descent.

Subjects with PFPS generated less hip external rotator and less hip abductor force. No between-group differences for movement.

  • Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2008 Volume:38 Issue:1 Pages:12–18 DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2008.2462.