Anterior knee pain is pain that occurs in the front and middle of the knee, it can feel around or behind the kneecap and the most common cause is patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Much research has shown glut and quadricep strengthening as the best option, but there are specific ways that will more beneficial to reduce irritation and flare ups. Don’t waste time with gimmicks like rest, tape, stretching and hydrotherapy- it’s about capacity and building it! In the treatment of patellofemoral pain or anterior (generalised front of) knee pain, exercise seems the best bang for your buck. Exercise therapy improves symptoms, pain and function in the medium and long term: 1. Reduces pain the short term- Appropriate 2. Improves function and symptoms in the short term- Uncertain 3. Reduces pain the medium term to long term- Appropriate 4. Improves function and symptoms in the medium term to long term- Appropriate Ref: Collins NJ, et al. 2018 Consensus statement on exercise therapy and physical interventions (orthoses, taping and manual therapy) to treat patellofemoral pain: recommendations from the 5th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Gold Coast, Australia, 2017. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018; 52: 1170-1178.