Knee pain


Some of the old names for anterior knee pain are runner's knee or chondromalacia patella.


Pain behind the kneecap or anterior knee pain occurs at the centre and front of the knee. It occurs when the kneecap does not move properly and rubs against the femur, if there is tightness in the thigh muscles, or if the kneecap is placed under stress from physical activity. Anterior knee pain is often referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome (anterior knee pain syndrome) and is a common sports or degenerative condition. The majority of patients respond well to non-surgical treatment consisting of weight loss reduction analgesia, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatories and strapping. Occasionally surgery is recommended.

  • Patella tendinitis
    Patella tendinitis is a tendon injury that is caused by overuse and stress on the patella tendon. Micro tears in the tendons cause inflammation, weakness and pain.
  • Quadriceps tendinitis
    A common sports injury, quadriceps tendinitis, causes knee pain during and after exercise. It occurs when the quadriceps tendon becomes inflamed.
  • Arthritis
    Osteoarthritis of the knee, also known as degenerative arthritis, causes the cartilage that surrounds the bone to wear away, decreasing the protective space between the bones. This causes stiffness, swelling and pain.


Dr Gabriel Pirjol is an orthopaedic surgeon based in KwaZulu-Natal at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban. He also operates from Westville Hospital and Capital Haematology Hospital.


Telephone: +27 31 202 5463

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Address : Suite 24 Chelmsford Medical Centre
St Augustine's Hospital
107 J B Marks Road
Berea, 4001
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal