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Clin Rheumatol. 2006 May;25(3):304-8. Epub 2005 Oct 6.

Relationship of Q angle and joint hypermobility and Q angle values in different positions.

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Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Adnan Menderes University Medical School, 09100 Aydin, Turkey.


Patellar malalignment is the most important reason for anterior knee pain. Patellar alignment is commonly determined by the measurement of the quadriceps (Q) angle. In this study, our primary aim was to investigate the Q angle difference between healthy individuals with and without joint hypermobility. The other objectives were to compare the Q angle values, which were measured in supine and upright positions, to determine hypermobility frequency among healthy males in a certain population, and to investigate the correlation between the existent skeletal deformities and Beighton score levels. Two hundred fifty-three healthy male college students were examined for hypermobility and skeletal deformities. According to the Beighton scoring system, three groups (n=20) were formed, and Q angle measurements were performed on the 60 individuals in both supine and upright positions. In the comparison of the groups, the mean Q angle values in healthy hypermobile individuals were found to be significantly higher than that of the nonhypermobile ones (p<0.05). No statistical difference was found between Q angle values in supine and upright positions (p>0.05). The frequency of joint hypermobility (Beighton score 4 or more) was found to be 29.25% in this population. No correlation was determined between existent skeletal deformities and Beighton score values (p>0.05). In conclusion, the Q angle evaluation among healthy hypermobile individuals may have a prognostic value for probable knee pathologies that may appear in the future.

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