Isometric contractions in the patellofemoral pain syndrome. An electromyographic study

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg (1978). 1986;105(1):24-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00625655.


The role played by the vastus lateralis and vastus medialis obliquus in their alignment of the patella during maximal isometric quadriceps contractions was studied by electromyography in 28 patients with unilateral symptoms of the patellofemoral pain syndrome. Eleven knees were classified as subluxation of the patella and 17 as idiopathic chondromalacia patellae. The muscular activity pattern was the same in the two groups but decreased as compared with the contralateral nonsymptomatic knees. However, none of the groups revealed differences in the activity of vastus lateralis and vastus medialis obliquus suggesting muscular imbalance.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cartilage Diseases / complications
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Femur*
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction*
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Muscle Contraction*
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Patella*
  • Syndrome