Anterior knee pain describes a general pain at the front of the knee and is becoming increasingly common in the active population with the typical “weekend warrior” being a prime example for this condition.
Anterior knee pain, also known as, “Patellofemoral Pain”, involves a dysfunction of the joint between your knee cap and the femur. Patients tend to report an aching or sharp pain around the knee cap with climbing and descending stairs, jumping or landing activities or prolonged activity on hard surfaces. Often this pain can be accompanied by a sense of ‘giving way’ in the knee, although this is not required for the diagnosis.
What is the cause?
Typically, Anterior Knee Pain occurs due to an increase in training load, poor biomechanics (i.e. how you move), or weakness surrounding the knee and hip. A common cause of hip and knee pain in general not only for sports people but the general population as well is glute weakness. If we can’t control our pelvis and hips, then our poor old knee down the chain tends to take the load.
A physiotherapist is able to highlight the cause of your anterior knee pain which is vital as this forms the basis of your subsequent rehabilitation and treatment. No two patients are the same. For example, Patient A may have good strength around the quadriceps and hamstrings but have poor control of the knee when jumping and landing, however patient B may be running longer distances but is generally weak through the muscles around the hip and knee. Both patients have anterior knee pain, but they arise from different mechanisms and this affects the types of exercises that are prescribed.
Our physiotherapists will work with you one on one to listen to the nature of your injury and formulate a rehabilitation plan specific to your injury to help get you back doing what you enjoy.
If you are suffering from any sort of knee pain and either need some advice or would like us to help with a tailored rehabilitation plan for you, make an appointment to come and see us at our Auckland Physiotherapy clinic today.