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Anterior Knee Pain Treatment

Pain in the front and center portion of the knee is referred to as anterior knee pain. This type of knee pain can be caused by a variety of conditions that impact the patella and other components of the knee. If you have chronic anterior knee pain that does not respond to rest or conservative care, you may benefit from advanced treatments. Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine offers anterior knee pain treatment at our medical facility in UES New York City.

What Causes Anterior Knee Pain?

There are several injuries or conditions that can result in anterior knee pain. The root cause usually involves issues with the movement of the patella (kneecap) when bending or extending the knee joint. Factors that can lead to anterior knee pain include:

  • Incorrect patella alignment
  • Repetitive stress on the knee joint (running, jumping and activities involving bending the knee repeatedly)
  • Tight muscles in the leg can cause patella maltracking
  • Irritation of the underside of the patella

Runner’s knee, jumper’s knee and other injuries to the knee can cause anterior knee pain. The pain can be a dull ache but may occasionally cause sharp pain or a popping/clicking sensation in the kneecap when bending or extending the knee. The pain can be felt on the top, sides or below the kneecap, usually intensified when doing squats, standing after sitting or descending stairs.

Treatment for anterior knee pain depends on what is contributing to the pain. For ongoing knee pain that does not respond to rest and conservative treatments, physical therapy, interventional medicine and other non-invasive treatments may be recommended. In severe cases, patella surgery may be required to improve the function and reduce friction during movement.

If you suffer from ongoing anterior knee pain, get relief and improve your mobility with medical treatment from an orthopedic specialist. Contact our team at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine to schedule an evaluation to discuss anterior knee pain treatment.

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