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A painful knee condition
A painful knee condition that affects more than one in eight active people has been treated effectively with a new method involving botulinum toxin. Researchers from Imperial College London and Fortius Clinic carried out a trial involving 45 patients with what they term lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome. Sufferers, often runners and cyclists, experience pain in the front and side of the knee joint.
Many athletes who took part in this study had exhausted all other treatment options and this was their last resort. The trial involved an injection of Dysport, which like Botox is a type of botulinum toxin, into a muscle under ultrasound guidance, at the front and outside of the hip, followed by personalised physiotherapy sessions.
Sixty nine per cent of patients required no further medical interventions, and had complete pain relief when followed up five years later. Previous studies have shown that 80 per cent of patients reported experiencing ongoing symptoms after conventional treatment, with 74 per cent experiencing reduced activity levels.
Lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome (LPOS) affects professional and amateur runners and cyclists as well as active people generally. Symptoms include inflammation and a sharp localised pain, which prevents athletes from continuing their activity, taking them several days to recover. Alternatively, athletes suffer inflammation and a progressive build-up of knee pain, which worsens after a sporting activity, taking them many days to improve.
The team estimate that one in five active females and one in eight active males have these symptoms. Active people are those who participate in sport – whether at an amateur or professional level. Current methods for treating patients include physiotherapy, the use of anti-inflammatories, steroid injections and if these methods fail, surgery. Even after such treatments, the majority of patients report persistent pain and reduced activity levels. e and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek.
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