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Kinematic and Coordination Variability in Individuals With Acute and Chronic Patellofemoral Pain

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posted on 01.01.2021, 00:00 authored by Aaron FoxAaron Fox, Reed Ferber, Jason BonacciJason Bonacci
Altered gait variability occurs in those with patellofemoral pain and may be relevant to pain progression. We examined gait kinematic and coordination variability between individuals with acute and chronic patellofemoral pain and healthy controls. Eighty-three patellofemoral pain runners (37 men and 46 women) and 142 healthy controls (52 men and 90 women) ran on a treadmill while 3-dimensional lower limb kinematic data were collected. Patellofemoral pain runners were split into acute (n = 22) and chronic (n = 61) subgroups based on pain duration (< and ≥3 mo, respectively). Approximate entropy assessed continuous hip, knee, and ankle kinematic variability. Vector coding calculated coordination variability for select joint couplings. Variability measures were compared between groups using 1-way analysis of variance and post hoc comparisons with Cohen d effect sizes. The chronic patellofemoral pain subgroup displayed higher frontal plane knee kinematic variability compared with controls (P = .0004, d = 0.550). No statistically significant effects for any coordination variability couplings were identified. Minimal differences in gait variability were detected between those with acute and chronic patellofemoral pain and healthy controls.

History

Journal

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

Volume

37

Issue

5

Pagination

463 - 470

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

1065-8483

eISSN

1543-2688

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal