Our friend, Prof Jim Richards is currently touring the world. He’s visiting centres and research groups focussed on the treatment of patello-femoral pain (PFP). Jim belongs to a research group, comprising UCLan, MMU, and Edge Hill Universities. The group has found a method of selecting PFP patients into broad treatment groups, based on a single diagnostic process. Applying different treatments tailored to these groups has been found to be much more effective than applying a single one-size-fits-all standard.
On his tour Jim has been using Appatella to demonstrate the diagnostic method and subgroup-specific exercises. The Appatella tool was originally developed to do just this, thanks to funding the research group obtained from Arthritis Research, UK.
If you’d like to follow-up on Jim’s talks and demonstrations, please take a look at Appatella. Download the App, and when it prompts you to point it at a QR code, use one of these below. These are demonstration courses; although you will participate fully in the course, no data will be gathered from the App (regardless of the app settings!)
Finally, if you like Appatella and what it does, tell your friends – if you find something wrong, tell us, by using the feedback form.
Best wishes Jim, see you soon.
Here’s the standard plan, for reference.
Use this plan to help sub-group your patient. The diagnostic plan will take you through a number of measurement with your patient.
First, if you haven’t already, complete the Demographic Survey with your patient:
You can get to this in the App, by using: Settings (That’s the little cog in the top right corner of your screen) > Demographic Info.
Next, go through a Diagnostic session, making measurements with your patient. Write down each measurement when it’s completed.
At the end of the Diagnostic session, fill-in the survey with your measurements, to complete it.
Once the session is finished, go to Settings > Diagnostic
This will take your measurements, and send them to our server, which will send back a subgrouping result. You can choose to put the result in the demographic information for your patient.
When you know what your patient’s subgrouping is, you can download a course for them. Before using one, you’ll need to finish this course.
Go to Settings > End This Course. This will clear out this course, and give you the QR scan prompt again.
This is exercise plan for the strong (SG) subgrouping.
Weak and Tight Plan
This is the exercise plan for the weak and tight (WT) subgrouping.
Weak and Pronated Plan
This is the exercise plan for the weak and pronated (WP) subgrouping.