Quadriceps activity and movement reactions in response to unpredictable sagittal support-surface translations in women with patellofemoral pain.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, ISSN 1050-6411, E-ISSN 1873-5711, Vol. 18, no 2, 298-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Patellofemoral pain (PFP) may be related to unfavorable knee joint loading. Delayed and/or reduced activity of vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) and different movement patterns have been identified in individuals with PFP in some studies, whereas other studies have failed to show a difference compared to non-affected controls. The discrepancy between study results may depend on the different tasks that have been investigated. No previous study has investigated these variables in postural responses to unpredictable perturbations in PFP. Whole body three dimensional kinematics and surface EMG of quadriceps muscles activation was studied in postural responses to unpredictable support surface translations in 17 women with PFP who were pain free at the time of testing, and 17 matched healthy controls. The results of the present study showed earlier onset of VMO activity and associated changes in kinematics to anterior platform translation in the PFP subjects. We suggest that the relative timing between the portions quadriceps muscles may be task specific and part of an adapted response in attempt to reduce knee joint loading. This learned response appears to remain even when the pain is no longer present.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 18, no 2, 298-307 p.
knee, muscle coordination, kinematics
Research subject Physiotherapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-9374DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2006.10.004PubMedID: 17158068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-9374DiVA: diva2:149045