When anterior knee pain occurs, you will feel a persistent pain at the front and center of the knee, this symptom usually happens to healthy youngsters, particularly women.
It is not always affected by any particular abnormality in the knee and by continuing to do activities does not imply that your knee will be damage.
What causes anterior knee pain?
In several cases, the cause of anterior knee pain was unknown. The knee joint that bends while supporting the heavy loads is very sensitive to minor changes in alignment, activity, training and overuse. The stress on the knee might strain the kneecap and causes it to move away from the groove, causing soreness behind the kneecap.
There are several common factors that cause anterior knee pain such as:
- Disproportionate of thigh muscles (quadriceps and hamstrings) that support the knee joint
- Having poor muscle flexibility
- Problems or Difficulties in the alignment of the legs between the hips and the ankles
- Incorrect sports training techniques or equipment
- Over exerting in sports activities
What are the symptoms of anterior knee pain?
The pain is usually progressive and during the process you might experience these common symptoms:
- Popping or crackling sounds in the knee when you are going up of the stairs or moving off from a stationary position.
- Aches during the night
- Hurts when doing activities that involve continuous bending of knee, such as jumping, running, and squatting.
- There are also chances where the pain that causes your knees to give in (buckle).
- The change in level or intensity of activity, surface or equipment will sometime cause pain to the knee.
When the pain persists, you may even restrict your movement that will cause pain to your knee, which in a long run you may weaken the thigh muscle (quadriceps).
**A teenager with anterior knee pain syndrome may not typically be linked with the signs such as clicking, locking, snapping, or giving way of the knee. It may be other related symptoms to the knee and you are advice to seek your doctor for diagnosis and treatments immediately.