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Infrapatella Fat Pad Impingement

Infrapatella Fat Pad Impingement

Our joints come under a lot of pressure on a day-to-day basis when we are walking, running, exercising, playing sport, sitting at a computer or even when we are resting. When this pressure starts to get too much, we can start to experience twinges, aches and pains, and this is a sign that you need to rethink the way you carry out some of these activities.

Most people will experience kneecap pain at some point in their lives. Our knees are extremely susceptible to issues from sudden turns, playing kicking sports such as football and rugby, falling over or bumping into things. It can be quite hard to avoid. If you find that your knee is hurting, then a good knee support can help to protect you and make you feel a little less vulnerable.

Detailed Overview

Our joints come under a lot of pressure on a day-to-day basis when we are walking, running, exercising, playing sport, sitting at a computer or even when we are resting. When this pressure starts to get too much, we can start to experience twinges, aches and pains, and this is a sign that you need to rethink the way you carry out some of these activities.

Most people will experience kneecap pain at some point in their lives. Our knees are extremely susceptible to issues from sudden turns, playing kicking sports such as football and rugby, falling over or bumping into things. It can be quite hard to avoid. If you find that your knee is hurting, then a good knee support can help to protect you and make you feel a little less vulnerable.

Anatomy of the knee

One common type of knee pain is called infrapatella fat pad impingement. The infrapatella fat pad is just below your kneecap and is a mass of soft fatty tissue. It is sometimes known just as the fat pad or the Hoffa’s fat pad.

Your patellar tendon is what connects your kneecap to your thigh bone, and the infrapatella fat pad is just behind this. You may start to notice knee pain when impingement of the fat pad occurs — this is when the fat pad becomes pinched in between your thigh bone and your kneecap.

Causes

It is relatively easy to do this as it can be caused by a wide range of everyday activities and certain sports and exercises. Forcing your knee beyond its fully straightened position is one such activity (and is often associated with weightlifters who lift weights with their legs straight). But it can also be caused by falling awkwardly on to your knee or banging your knee against a hard object.

Symptoms

If this happens, then you are very likely to experience quite unpleasant knee pain. Your fat pad is a very sensitive area of your body and is vulnerable to changes. You will probably notice that your knee feels very sore and tender and it may also be swollen.

Managing the condition

The good news is that a physiotherapist can help to restore your knee to its former condition through a series of exercises. They can also show you how your alignment and posture can make a difference to your condition and how some simple adjustments will help to alleviate the pain.

Your physiotherapist may also recommend a knee support while you are experiencing knee pain. This will help to strengthen and support your joint as it heals and can make doing the exercises a little more comfortable. It will also help you to feel psychologically more able to use your knee, as wearing a support often makes people more comfortable putting weight on the affected area.