Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is one of the most common issues in older adults. Due to the increase of arthritis as we age, the condition that affects active teenagers and young adults who participate in sports, especially girls. Often the pain is centered and towards the front of the knee, just underneath the kneecap. Because of the symptoms and who it targets, this type of knee pain is generally referred to as adolescent anterior knee pain.

The most common cause of the condition is often the result of overuse or inadequate stretching or strengthening exercises while training. Because the knee is made up of a bunch of smaller parts and because it is where the brunt of your weight is distributed, it is particularly susceptible to damage caused by misalignment, activity, training, overuse, or misuse. The knee is one of the hinge joints meant to bend in one direction, but we often try to twist rather than stepping to change direction.

Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

There are other factors that may contribute to adolescent anterior knee pain:

Adolescent Anterior Symptoms

Symptoms typically are limited to a dull pain that begins gradually and is usually aggravated by activity, but you might also experience popping or cracking if you take a climbing motion or when you stand. You might also have pain while doing activities or even at night. However, things like swelling or more serious pain might be reason to see a doctor.

Treatment

To treat the condition, in most cases, simple measures like rest, over-the-counter medication, and strengthening exercises can alleviate the pain and help you return to regular activity. You may also need to make some changes in activity to low-impact exercise or rest, do physical therapy exercises like leg raises, use ice packs, or even have specific footwear or knee braces.

Other things that might help include:

As with most medical things though, if the pain is not going away, you should talk to your doctor who can determine the cause and see if further treatment is needed.

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