Pain in or around the patella (kneecap) affects people of all ages. Strenuous activity can aggravate a painful kneecap, but sometimes pain and irritation arise without an obvious cause.
Our orthopedic and sports medicine experts will examine your painful knee and devise a treatment plan that can help you get back to walking, running or working in comfort.
Patella pain can be complex. At Aurora Health Care, our orthopedic and sports medicine doctors can often resolve pain with physical therapy and conditioning. If you do need surgery, we’re well-versed in the most advanced minimally invasive techniques available.
No matter which type of treatment you need, we offer:
Patella pain has several risk factors, including:
Patella pain occurs among active adults of any age. It’s also common as people grow older. Different types of patella pain have different causes, which can include:
You might experience patella pain as any of the following:
Sometimes, you’ll notice other signs of a patella problem. These symptoms may come along with knee pain:
To diagnose patella pain, our doctors will carefully examine your knee, ask when you first noticed pain and what you think caused it. They may also move your knee into different positions to understand where the pain is coming from.
To see problems inside the knee joint, our doctors might order X-rays (images of the bones), computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. CT scans combine X-rays from different angles, while MRI scans use magnetic fields to form a picture of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
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Patella pain often resolves itself with rest, lower-impact activities, icing or anti-inflammatory medications.
If your pain does not improve with rest and medication, we’ll talk with you about possible treatments, including:
Learn more about our treatments for knee pain.