What is Anterior knee pain: Knee pain that is located in the front of your knee is also called anterior knee pain. This pain is usually due to problems in the knee cap or structures of the knee situated in the front region of the knee.“Patellofemoral pain syndrome” is a surprisingly meaningless name. It basically means “strange kneecap pain,” but in Latin. “Anterior knee pain syndrome” is another common name with an even broader meaning, and it’s a little more direct and honest: it’s pain, and it’s on the front of your knee.
Causes of Anterior knee pain: There are several reasons for the pain coming from the front of the knee. This could be due to knee injury, patellar pain, lateral tracking or abnormal tracking of the kneecap, a soft tissue band in the knee that can tighten or scar up called plica, synovitis or swelling of the joint lining, Osgood schlatters disease.
Investigations:Magnetic resonance imaging rarely can give useful information for managing patellofemoral pain syndrome and treatment should focus on an appropriate rehabilitation program including correcting strength and flexibility concerns. In the uncommon cases where a patient has mechanical symptoms like a locked knee, knee effusion, or failure to improve following physical therapy, then an MRI may give more insight into diagnosis and treatment.
Who does this condition occur in ?: The population most at risk from PFPS are runners, cyclists, basketball players and other sports participants. Onset can be gradual or the result of a single incident and is often caused by a change in training regime that includes dramatic increases in training time, distance or intensity, it can be compounded by worn or the wrong type of footwear. Symptoms include discomfort while sitting with bent knees or descending stairs and generalised knee pain. Treatment involves resting and physical therapy that includes stretching and strengthening exercises for the legs.
The incidence of Anterior patellofemoral pain in adolescents is only a little bit higher than it is in the general population, and it is generally less serious and stubborn. It is mostly a temporary condition: they recover from or grow out of more easily than adults do. Although serious cases certainly can and do occur in teenagers, their age is not particularly relevant to those cases. A serious case in a teenager has to be handled in pretty much the same way that you would handle a serious case in an adult. So although age is a factor I haven’t focussed on, everything that I have focussed on should be of interest to teens with persistent knee pain.
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