Anterior knee pain: symptom or syndrome?

Curr Womens Health Rep. 2003 Feb;3(1):81-6.


A chief complaint for many patients is anterior knee pain. This is more common in females; the incidence is two to three times than that in males. The challenge for the physician is to determine the etiology, the diagnosis, and the best treatment. The goal of this article is to provide key elements of the history, physical examination, and treatment options to help assist in the management of patients with anterior knee pain or patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthralgia / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Joint Diseases / therapy
  • Knee Joint*
  • Male
  • Syndrome