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Front (Anterior) of the Knee Pain

The two most common causes of knee pain in the front (anterior) of the knee are:

1. Runner's Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

The symptoms of this condition may include:

1. pain near the knee cap (patella), and below it. The pain is located on the anterior (front) surface of the knee, not deep within the knee joint.
2. you may feel and hear a "grinding" when the knee is flexed and extended.
3. pain after sitting with the knees bent for a time, and then standing up and walking.
4. walking or running downhill, or walking down stairs may produce knee pain.
5. direct pressure on the knee cap may produce pain.
6. the area around the patella may swell when pain is present.

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2. Jumper's Knee (Patellar Tendinitis)

The symptoms of this condition are experienced just below the kneecap. During the early stage of Patellar Tendonitis, the symptoms may only appear early in a work-out, "ease up a bit," only to become worse a short time after you are finished. After the work-out, the symptoms will subside quickly with rest. Another early sign of Patellar Tendonitis is "stiffness" when walking up or down stairs. As this condition worsens, the following symptoms may occur:

1. pain and tenderness in the patellar tendon just below the knee joint.
2. pain and/or "tightness" in the knee when squatting, bending, or straightening the leg.
3. pain in the knee when jumping or running.
4. swelling in the front of the knee, and the area just below the knee joint.
5. a feeling of weakness in the knee.

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