What is it about?

It investigated the myoelectric activities of the vastus medialis obliquus, vastus lateralis, gluteus medius and adductor longus muscles in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome during backward walking and forward walking

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Why is it important?

Physiotherapists should consider backward walking training to increase hip abductor and knee extensor muscle strength when developing rehabilitation programmes for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome.


Backward walking was found to improve the activation of the commonly weakened knee extensors and hip abductors, particularly the vastus medialis obliquus and adductor longus muscle in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Prof. Dr. Amr Almaz Abdel-aziem
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University

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This page is a summary of: Backward walking effects on activation pattern of leg muscles in young females with patellofemoral pain syndrome, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, January 2019, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/ijtr.2017.0160.
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