Anterior knee pain

Patellofemoral syndrome; Chondromalacia patella; Runner's knee; Patellar tendinitis; Jumper's knee

Anterior knee pain is pain that occurs at the front and center of the knee. It can be caused by many different problems, including:

  • Chondromalacia of the patella -- the softening and breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) on the underside of the kneecap (patella)
  • Runner's knee (sometimes called patellar tendinitis)
  • Lateral compression syndrome - the patella tracks more to the outside part of the knee
  • Quadriceps tendinitis - pain and tenderness at the quadriceps tendon attachment to the patella
  • Patella maltracking - instability of the patella on the knee

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