Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain. They also help athletes prevent knee injuries during practice sessions and improve their performance in sports.

Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

Young athletes may experience pain at the front and center of the knee, generally underneath the patella. This condition is termed as Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain. Mostly seen in girls, it is caused due to overuse of the knee muscles during sports activities or inadequate warm-up during a training routine.

Causes Of Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

  • Weakness in the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh
  • Use of inappropriate sports equipment or footwear
  • Incorrect training measures
  • Uneven playing grounds
  • Imbalance or stiffness in quadriceps and hamstrings
  • Misalignment in legs, hips and ankles
  • Repetitive movements during sports activities

Symptoms Of Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

  • Gradual and dull ache that increases with physical activity
  • Popping or crackling sounds emanating from the knee
  • Pain may increase at night
  • Pain during activities that require bending the knee

Diagnosis Of Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

The orthopedic doctor may carefully examine the kneecap to determine the cause of pain. He may ask the patient to stand, sit, walk or jump to assess range of motion. The position of the kneecap and alignment of the lower leg may also be tested. The doctor may also evaluate the flexibility of the feet along with strength and flexibility of the quadriceps as well as hamstrings.

Imaging tests such as X-Rays or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans may be conducted to have a clear view of the internal structures of the knee. The tests may also help in determining if there is any change in the shape or position of the kneecap.

Treatment For Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain

  • Alter the training routine: The patient may be advised to refrain from any activity that puts stress on the knee. Instead, he may opt for low-impact activities such as biking and swimming.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs at the site of pain, particularly after physical activity, may assist in reducing the pain and discomfort.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as prescribed by the orthopedic doctor, may help in relieving pain.
  • Exercise: The doctor may recommend specific exercises to improve the strength and range of motion of the knee. It is crucial to stretch and strengthen the quadriceps properly. Straight-leg raises can be effective in relieving Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain.
  • Orthotics: Use of orthotic shoe inserts or arch supports may be suggested depending on the severity of the condition.

For treatment of Adolescent Anterior Knee Pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, call at (214) 618 – 5502.