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Living well with patellofemoral pain

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualification
PhD
School
School of Physiotherapy
Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole

Overview

Patellofemoral pain (PFP, anterior knee pain) is common in adolescents, both in sports- and non-sports-related activities. Recent evidence suggests that PFP may also be a precursor for future knee osteoarthritis. Multifactorial approaches have been explored to manage PFP, including exercise prescription of the trunk, hip and knee; graded exposure to physical activity; and footwear modifications. This research will expand on those findings by considering biopsychosocial approach that also considers factors to enhance self-efficacy, general physical activity and lifestyle factors. Thus, the aim of this research will be to explore a holistic approach to PFP, including clinical, biomechanical features and psychosocial factors.

Contact

Donna Keen
Tel   +64 3 479 4053
Email   donna.keen@otago.ac.nz