Anatomy of the Knee
The knee joint is a large, complex joint in the body that comprises of three bones, i.e. the lower end of the thighbone or femur, the upper end of the shinbone or tibia, and the kneecap or patella. The patella moves over the joint and allows bending of the knee and straightening of the leg. There are a few major ligaments situated around the knee joint that hold the joint firmly in position and contribute to the stability of the knee.
What is Anterior Knee Pain?
Anterior knee pain is characterized by chronic pain over the front and centre of the knee joint. It is common in athletes, active adolescents (especially girls) and overweight individuals. Anterior knee pain refers to various conditions, which include runner's knee or patellar tendinitis, and chondromalacia of the patella. There is an inter-individual variation in the duration and presentation of pain.