Make Knee Pain Go Away

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Alternative Names

Runner's knee; Patellofemoral pain; Patellar tendinitis; Tendinitis - patellar; Jumper's knee


First Aid

Treatment of anterior knee pain involves resting the knee and not running until you can do so without pain.

Apply ice. Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and swelling (but you may want to check with your health care provider first).

Tests such as x-rays or MRI scans are rarely needed.

Surgery for pain behind the kneecap (anterior knee pain) is rarely needed.


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