Knee pain felt at the front of the knee, around the kneecap, is called anterior knee pain orpatellofemoral pain syndrome.
It's not always obvious why this pain develops, but it's been linked to previous injuries, overuse of your knees, muscle weakness and your kneecap being slightly out of place.
The pain tends to be dull or aching and often affects both knees at the same time. It's usually made worse by sitting for prolonged periods, squatting or kneeling, or using stairs.
You can normally treat this yourselfusing ordinary painkillers, an ice pack andrest. Exercises to strengthen the muscles around your kneecap can also help. You may be referred to a physiotherapist , who can advise you about specific exercises to try.
Sudden knee pain is usually the result of overusing the knee or suddenly injuring it. In many cases, you don't need to see your GP.
Common causes of knee pain include: sprains and strains anterior knee pain (pain around the kneecap) menisci or cartilage damage osteoarthritis tendonitis bursitis (housemaid's knee)
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