What is anterior knee pain?
Anterior knee pain or also known as patellofemoral joint pain is a common issue that affects roughly 25% of people throughout their lives. Also referred to as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee”. It is common in people who participate in sports. Patellofemoral pain syndrome can occur in non-athletes as well. The pain and stiffness it causes can make it simple tasks difficult to climb stairs, kneel down, and perform other everyday activities.
Where is the patella femoral joint?
Located at the front of the knee. It comprises of the patella (known as the knee-cap) and the femur, the major bone of the thigh. The patella slides in the femoral grove at the end of the femur making part of the knee joint, helping the knee to bend and straighten. Pain can arise when there is irritation to one of the many structure surrounding this joint including but not limited to bursas, tendons, ligaments and cartilage and can be caused a by a number of factors.
Where is the knee pain felt?
Patellofemoral joint pain is pain that is felt typically in the front of the knee behind the knee-cap but can also be felt in other areas of the knee. Patellofemoral joint pain can be caused by a number of things. Overuse or overload of the knee are the most common causes of patellofemoral joint pain, but other issues that can cause patellofemoral joint pain are muscular weaknesses, joint abnormalities or trauma.
There are a number of different diagnosis that can present as patellofemoral joint pain. A thorough examination conducted by a physiotherapist is imperative to determine the cause of your pain. A typical consultation will include questions about the onset, pattern, location and severity of pain as well as physical examination to assess functional movement, strength and range of motion of the knee, as well as conducting a battery of special tests to accurately diagnose the cause of the issue so a comprehensive treatment plan can be created in consultation with you to achieve the best results.
If you feel like patellofemoral knee pain or any other knee injuries or complaints are holding you back from achieving your goals? The team at Mallee Physio in Swan Hill & Kerang as well as Healthy Mates in Bendigo are best placed to work with you to help you to return to sport, work or whatever you’re being held back from.
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4th Year Physio Student – Ross.