Why does the front of my knee hurt?
Have you been going throughout your day and wondering why the front (anterior) of your knee has been hurting lately? This could be while you are sitting at work, walking around doing chores, playing your favorite sport, or even when going up and downstairs. There is a lot of factors that can be at play when looking at the cause of pain around the front of the knee.
Signs you have from of my knee pain
As stated above, you may have noticed a sharp or dull pain around the front of your knee. This may also be occurring at different times, whether it’s while you’re walking, going up and down stairs, or playing a game you love. This pain may also stay at the front of it may be moving toward the back of the knee or up and down.
Common reasons for anterior knee pain
So… Why does the front of my knee hurt? There are a few common reasons we see pain at the front of the knee. Each of these has slightly differing feelings.
- Patellofemoral pain – This is caused when the knee cap moves slightly out of alignment and causes increased contact with the surrounding bone.
- Patella tendinopathy – This is caused by overuse of the knee during a certain activity or a change in activity that is beyond the body’s capability at the time of the activity.
- Fat pad irritation – This is caused by increased swelling and inflammation in the area causing increased pressure on the fat pad.
- Osgood Schlatter’s disease – This is more common in children/adolescents who are active with sport and are going through a growth spurt.
Why is this happening?
As the knee takes a lot of pressure from our daily demands, there a few factors that could be leading us to these common injuries. Some common factors include; genetics, fatigue, muscle weakness, decreased activation of muscles, increased weight gain, and movement patterns.
We hoped this answered Why does the front of my knee hurt? At Ace Health Centre we will help you understand what is happening, why it is happening, and help you get back to doing what you enjoy.