There are many causes of knee pain and one of the most common is anterior knee pain. Pain occurs behind and around the knee cap. More men than women are affected and its most common in athletes, runners and people involved in high impact sports where jumping and changing direction occurs frequently. However you can get anterior knee pain by walking only and you may be get pain while sitting. ‘Jumpers knee’ is most frequent in people in their twenties to thirties, but it can affect all ages.
Pain comes on due to overload of the patella tendon or due to pain behind the knee cap when the knee cap pushes against the thigh bone. There may or may not be swelling at the front of the knee.
The Patella Tendon
The patella tendon sits below the knee cap and can be seen here.
How is patella tendinopathy diagnosed?
The podiatrist will examine you and the clinical findings are backed up with imaging. This can include an ultrasound scan or an MRI study. You will also have a biomechanical assessement that will show any movement and strength deficits. These are recorded and worked into your treatment program.
Why Have I got anterior knee pain?
Anterior knee pain can be brought on by previous injury. It can be caused by a deficit in muscle strength, endurance, reduced flexibility or aberrant movement patterns can all play a part in anterior knee pain.
- Activity modification
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen supporting structures
- Shockwave treatment
- Movement modification
- Foot wear
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