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Anterior Knee Pain (Runner’s Knee)

  • What is Anterior Knee Pain (Runner’s Knee, Chondromalacia Patellae)

    Anterior Knee Pain is inflammation of the underside of the knee cap (Patella). It often affects young people who play sports and older people who overwork their knees. This disorder is also referred to as Chondromalacia Patella, where malacia means ‘softening’.

  • The causes of Anterior Knee Pain are:

    • Injury — Trauma to the kneecap, such as a dislocation or fracture
    • Overuse — Repetitive stress on your knee joint such as prolonged long distance running or jumping sports
    • Poor control of your muscles — When the muscles around the hip and knee don’t function well to maintain the correct alignment of the kneecap
  • Typical anterior knee pain is a dull aching pain in the front of knee cap. The pain can be aggravated by:

    • Kneeling or squatting
    • Running
    • Sitting with a bent knee for long periods of time
    • Walking up or down stairs
  • Treatment of anterior knee pain includes:

    • Avoiding activities that increase the pain such as climbing stairs and running
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Rehabilitation exercises
    • Rest, ice, and knee compression
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