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The validity of a clinical measure of patella position

McEwan, I, Herrington, LC and Thom, j 2007, 'The validity of a clinical measure of patella position' , Manual Therapy, 12 (3) , pp. 226-230.

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    Abstract

    Patellar taping is regarded as an important element of the treatment of patellofemoral joint pain. Key to the successful use of patellar taping is the assessment of patella position. The reliability and validity of the techniques used to assess patella position has been questioned. The aim of the study was to assess the validity of the clinical assessment technique of patella medio-lateral position and patella lateral tilt against the criterion measure of MRI. Twenty-four subjects eight females and 16 males had their patella position examined in the study (mean age 24.577.9 years, range 18–42 years). The study also assessed intra-tester reliability of the technique. A good correlation was found between the findings of the clinical test for medio-lateral position and the MRI measure (r ¼ 0:611, p ¼ 0:002). All of the subjects found to have a laterally tilted patella on clinical examination had a lateral patella tilt defined by PTA of greater than 51. Those subjects with a PTA of less than 51 on clinical examination were assessed as having no degree of patella tilt. The study undertaken shows that when undertaken by an experienced manual therapist positional assessment of the patella can have strong criterion validity and intra-tester reliability.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Manual Therapy
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1356-689X
    Depositing User: LC Herrington
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 12:21
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2300

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