Causing pain in the centre and front of the knee, anterior knee pain is a common complaint for patients. While symptoms vary, for some the pain can become so severe that it interrupts their daily life.
So, what is anterior knee pain and how is it treated? Discover everything you need to know in this useful post.
What is anterior knee pain?
This type of knee pain develops around or behind the kneecap. It could be coming directly from the kneecap, or the ligaments and tendons of the knee.
The level of pain felt will vary from person to person. You might experience a sharp pain, or it may present as more of a dull ache. Unless the pain is down to an injury, it’s also possible to experience pain in both knees.
Most patients find their pain levels increase when standing up after long periods of sitting, kneeling, running downhill, and using the stairs. This type of knee pain typically develops in older adults.
Causes of anterior knee pain
There are a wide range of potential causes of knee pain. Some of the main causes include:
- Overusing the knee
- A knee injury
- Alignment issues
- Flat feet
- Over-flexible joints
It is also worth noting that some conditions can also trigger pain in the knee. They include Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), Patella Tendinopathy, Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, and Infrapatellar fat pad syndrome. Osteoarthritis can also lead to persistent knee pain.
In order to treat the problem, the cause first needs to be identified. By treating the underlying problem, it will ultimately fix anterior knee pain.
How is it treated?
There are multiple treatments for anterior knee pain you may need to undergo. As mentioned above, the cause will ultimately determine the treatment you need.
Most cases can be treated with rest, prescribed painkillers, and physiotherapy. However, if these treatments don’t work, surgery may be required. Some types of surgery commonly used to treat the issue include knee arthroscopic surgery, and a procedure to prevent dislocations. In severe cases, the Patellofemoral joint may need to be completely replaced.
Like any type of surgery, there are risks involved that patients need to be aware of. These will be discussed with you by a knee specialist before you agree to any type of surgical procedure.
If you are experiencing anterior knee pain, book a consultation with Mr Jonathan Webb today. After an initial assessment, he will be able to recommend the best course of treatment to manage the issue.