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Anterior Knee Pain

What is Anterior Knee Pain or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Since anterior knee pain is caused by overloading of the patellofemoral joint, most treatments are directed at improving the biomechanics in this regions. This is accomplished with physical therapy. Some patients may need antiinflammatory medications as well. 

How is Anterior Knee Pain treated?

Will I need surgery for this?

Anterior knee pain, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition of pain in the anterior aspect of the knee. The pain can be caused by several different mechanisms but usually results from overloading of the patellofemoral joint. This is the joint where the patella or kneecap meets the femur or thigh bone. Most patient have pain with bent knee activities such as using stairs or sitting in a chair or car for a prolonged period of time.

The Knee

Thankfully, anterior knee pain is usually treated with nonoperative treatments. With rest, activity modification, medications, and physical therapy most patients improve from this condition and can return to activities as tolerated.


1. Petersen W, Ellermann A, Gösele-Koppenburg A, et al. Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2014;22(10):2264. doi:10.1007/s00167-013-2759-6.

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