The Efficacy of a Tart Cherry Drink for the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain in Recreational Athletes.

U

University of Central Lancashire

Status

Completed

Conditions

Patellofemoral Pain

Treatments

Dietary Supplement: Cherry juice
Dietary Supplement: Placebo

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03743519
Cherry juice

Details and patient eligibility

About

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is the most common chronic pathology in sports medicine and physiotherapy clinics. As pain and inflammation are the main symptoms of PFP, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications are often utilized to decrease pain and inflammation; however alternative treatments are increasingly being sought due to the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects of traditional pain medications. Most researchers advocate conservative treatment, though there is still insufficient clarity regarding the effectiveness of conservative treatment modalities. Dietary interventions for PFP have not received any attention in clinical literature, yet there is a growing body of evidence indicating that cherries have significant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-mediating effects. Therefore, the primary purpose of the proposed investigation was to test (using a randomized control investigation) the ability of a tart cherry juice blend to provide symptom relief in recreational athletes with PFP and to understand the biological and mechanical mechanisms behind any changes in PFP symptoms.

Enrollment

24 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

* Recreationally active * Suffering from mild to moderate patellofemoral pain with no evidence of any other condition.

Exclusion criteria

* Rheumatoid arthritis or other systemic inflammatory condition * Chronic pain syndrome * Corticosteroid medication in last 2 months (intra-articular or oral) * Intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid in the last 9 months * Pregnancy * Diabetes * Food allergies to cherries.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

24 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Placebo
Placebo Comparator group
Treatment:
Dietary Supplement: Placebo
Cherry juice
Experimental group
Treatment:
Dietary Supplement: Cherry juice

Trial contacts and locations

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