This special issue provides clinical commentaries, case reports, and research data that should be of interest to all individuals treating patients with patellofemoral joint dysfunction. While it is in no way the final perspective on this issue, it is a collection of work that offers one more important contribution to the evolution of the rehabilitation techniques intended to address patellofemoral pain. As pointed out by several contributors in this special issue, it is unlikely that one intervention approach will be the answer for all patients with ‘‘anterior knee pain.'' We are still in need of a systematic and valid examination/evaluation approach that will guide decision making toward the most effective method of intervention for each patient with patellofemoral joint pain. Hopefully, contributions such as the ones found in this special issue will continue to bring us closer to a time when individuals with patellofemoral joint pain can expect their therapists to provide them with evidenced-based rehabilitation programs specific to their conditions.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003; 33(11):637-638.
Key Words: patellofemoral joint dysfunction, treatment