Evaluation of Core Muscles Strength in Female Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Healthy Females- A Comparative Study
ABSTRACT: PFPS is a commonly encountered musculoskeletal condition in the young population. The core muscles serve as a muscular corset working as a unit to stabilise the body. It is the centre of the functional kinetic chain. Thus, this study aimed to compare the core muscle strength of patients with PFPS as compared to healthy females. Methodology - It was an observational study with 4 months duration. A total of 20 female participants were recruited with a purposive sampling method (N=10) were normal females and (N=10) were females diagnosed with PFPS. The outcome measure was the assessment of core muscle strength using the Pressure Biofeedback Unit for both superficial and deep abdominal muscles. Result The average muscle strength of the Rectus abdominis & Oblique’s muscle was (63.53 ± 11.829), which is higher than the PFPS group (35.46 ± 9.54). The p-value is <0.0001, which is extremely significant between both the groups. For Transverse abdominis muscle, the p-value is <0.0001 showing a significant difference in the muscle strength between both the groups. Conclusion – This study concludes that core muscle strength has a direct correlation with the patellofemoral joint resulting in PFPS. The study also concludes that significant difference exists in both the groups in terms of core muscle strength.
Keywords:PFPS. Anterior knee pain, females, core muscles, muscle strength, Pressure biofeedback unit
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