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Background and purpose: Patello femoral pain Syndrome is an over use injury and one of the commonest problems seen in adolescents who are physically active. Till date no study has been done comparing the effect of adding specific hip strengthening exercises (gluteus medius, gluteus maximus & lateral rotators) over conventional exercises in subjects with Patello femoral Pain Syndrome.  The objective of the study is to compare the effects of hip Strengthening exercises and Conventional Knee exercise among female sprinters with Patello femoral pain syndrome.

Methods: 30 subjects with age group 17-22 were participated in this study. Subjects were divided in to two equal groups with 15 samples in each group. Group A performed specific weight bearing hip strengthening exercises and Group B performed Hip strengthening exercise with resistance along with conventional knee exercise. Both group performed the exercises for four(4) weeks. Outcome was messured before and after the treatment.

Result: Pre-post-test within the group found significantely effective on both groups. Comparative study found that there is significant difference on effect between the groups with P-value 0.0001. Group B found more effective compared to Group-A with hip strengthening resistance exercise and conventional exercise over hip strengthening exercise alone.

Conclusion: This study concluded that both exercise program are effective in reduction of pain, improvement of muscle strength and functional staus, but combined exercise program was more effective among female sprinters with Patello femoral pain syndrome.

Keywords: Patello-femoral Pain syndrome (PFPS), Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS),  Anterior Knee Pain Scale (AKPS), Manual Muscle Testing (MMT), Conventional exercise.

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