Kinematic Determinants of Anterior Knee Pain in Cerebral Palsy: A Case-Control Study
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 08/02/2012
Sheehan FT et al. – In quantifying the 3–dimensional, in vivo knee joint kinematics during a volitional extension task, kinematic markers that discriminate anterior knee pain (AKP) in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) were identified. This provides an ability to predict which individuals with CP are most likely to develop AKP and could enable aggressive conservative treatment, aimed at reducing patella alta and excessive patellofemoral extension, to be prescribed before considering surgical options. The current findings will likely lead to improved clinical diagnostics and interventions for individuals with CP, with the ultimate goal of helping maintain, if not improve, functional mobility throughout the lifespan.