What is Infrapatellar Impingement?
The infrapatellar fat pad is soft tissue that lies behind and just below your patella. It separates the patella from the femoral condyle.
The infrapatellar fat pad distributes pressure across the patellofemoral joint, facilitates flexible deformation in the knee and supports patellar stability. This fat pad can become pinched (impinged) causing pain when moving.
What are the causes of Infrapatellar Impingement?
- Overload of the quadriceps – such as with running or kicking
- Repetitive hyperextension of the knee – bending too far backward
- Repeated episodes of kneeling
- Direct trauma to the front of the knee
- Poor biomechanics i.e. flat foot
What are the symptoms of Infrapatellar Impingement?
- Sharp pain located at the front of the knee
- Swelling surrounding the patella and the patellar tendon
- Pain with prolonged periods of standing or sitting with crossed legs or after periods of rest
However, infrapatellar inflammation can occur due to other associated knee conditions:
- Patellofemoral pain
- Ligamentous injuries
- Meniscal tears
- Patella tendinopathy
- Post-operative pain following an arthroscopy/keyhole surgery
What can I do at home?
- Resting and limiting physical activity
- Icing the painful area
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from Infrapatellar Impingement, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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