This refers to pain primarily experienced on the front of the knee which may be associated with roughening or softening of the cartilage under the knee cap. Often pain can be triggered by overuse which is sometimes seen in children and adolescents who play a lower limb sport on consecutive days. In this instant there is a high exposure to impact, running, jumping and squatting activities. In adults it can also be associated with overuse but in addition may be affected by occupation, weight, age and previous injury. Some people experience a feeling of the knee giving way, catching, grinding or crunching.
Sports ergonomics can play an important role in identifying the primary causative factors and then developing a modified activity programme to allow the condition to settle.
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