Anterior knee pain is also known as chondromalacia patella, patellar chondritis, and patello-femoral syndrome.
Pain felt at the front of the knee is usually due to problems with the patello-femoral mechanism (the kneecap). It is usually caused by softening of the joint surface underneath the kneecap. This causes pain as the knee bends and straightens and is particularly noticeable when the kneecap is under most strain such as climbing or descending stairs, kneeling and squatting.
It most commonly affects young individuals and is more common in females. It frequently appears without any obvious cause such as injury or overuse.
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