Anterior Knee Pain
As an Athlete, Am I at Risk?
ANTERIOR KNEE PAIN OFTEN CAUSES ATHLETES TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE. Healthcare providers usually call persistent pain at the front of your knee or under your kneecap patellofemoral pain syndrome. This pain is typically unrelated to a specific injury, but instead occurs over time with an increase in physical activity. The pain may be a nagging ache or an occasional sharp pain that may cause you to limp or to limit your activities. This pain is also typically most pronounced when performing such activities as going up and down stairs, squatting, and running, or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. The first step toward preventing this type of knee pain is being able to accurately identify potential risk factors that may lead to the problem. A study published in the February 2012 issue of JOSPT provides new insight on specific factors that may place you at risk for anterior knee pain.