Effects of Stretch of Popliteal Fascia on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)


  • Aditi Singh
  • Shikha Thakur
  • Soumya Singh




Introduction: The Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) also called Runner’s knee is a very prevalent clinical
condition that affects about 7% to 40% of active young adults and adolescents. The popliteal fossa is covered
with popliteal fascia that performs as a one-layer aponeurotic sheet. For hamstring muscle, popliteal fascia can
be defined as a three-layered architecture acting as a kinetic retinaculum. The aim of this project was to examine
effects of stretch of popliteal fascia on patients having patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Methodology: Total of 30 patients participated, who were suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome.
The subjects were divided into 2 group and each of the group consisted of 15 participants, Group A was the
Experimental Group which were given popliteal fascia stretch, and Group B was the Control Group which was
given popliteal fascia stretch with hamstring stretch. The improvement in pain was measured by Visual Analogue
Scale (VAS) and to assess the anterior knee pain Kujala Scoring Questionnaire was measured.
Result: VAS score which implicated pain was reduced in the control group as compared to experimental group.
Similar findings were seen in KUJALA Scoring Questionnaire, the control group had better results in functionality
as compared to the experimental group.
Conclusion: Popliteal stretch was not an effective treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome as there was
no significant difference in Pre and Post data of pain (VAS), similar finding was founded in Kujala Scoring
Questionnaire. During the evaluation, a personalized multi modal management program is needed, which focuses
on targeting patient’s functional limit as well as specific impairments.
Keywords: Patellofemoral pain syndrome, popliteal fascia, hamstring muscle, popliteal fascia stretch

Author Biographies

Aditi Singh

Assistant Professor,  Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, Amity University Noida, UttarPradesh,

Shikha Thakur

BPT final year, Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, Amity University Noida, Uttar Pradesh,

Soumya Singh

Physiotherapist, A+ Orthopedic and Sports Med Centre, New Delhi




How to Cite

Aditi Singh, Shikha Thakur, & Soumya Singh. (2022). Effects of Stretch of Popliteal Fascia on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee). International Journal of Physiology, 10(3), 27–33. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v10i3.3296