Differential diagnosis for anterior knee pain

Differential diagnosis for anterior knee pain

Historically there have been many catch-all terms for patients with anterior knee pain, but as research has progressed, the differential diagnosis has become extensive.

Chondromalacia patellaeSymptomatic plica of the knee
Patellar malalignmentFat pad syndrome (Hoffa’s disease)
Patellar tracking abnormalityBursitis, infrapatellar/prepatellar
Tendinitis quadriceps/patellaePes anserine bursitis
Tight ITBRetinacular neuroma
Meniscal pathologyTight lateral retinaculum
Painful bipartite patellaPostsurgical neuroma
Blunt trauma, occult fractureReferred pain from hip
Osteochondritis dissecans (patella)Radicular pain from lumbosacral spine
Sinding–Larsen–Johansson syndrome
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