Top of knee pain

Pain at the top of the knee or along the top of the kneecap is usually from the quadriceps tendon and can be from a tendonopathy or tendonitis. Top of knee pain is occasionally associated with an injury to the base of the patellae (kneecap) through direct trauma.

Pain above knee can also be referred from the lumbar spine via the nervous system or from a quadriceps tear, strain or bruise. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:
  • Quadriceps Tendinopathy

    Quadriceps tendonitis inflammation

    Overuse causes pain and inflammation of the quadriceps (thigh muscle) tendon to the point where it attaches to the top of the kneecap or patella. Over time this can lead to degeneration of the tendon. Here we explain the symptoms and causes as well as treatment and rehabilitation exercises.

  • Front Knee Pain (Anterior)

    Anterior knee pain is a pain at the front of the knee including the patella or kneecap. If you are not sure what is causing your knee injury is why not try our symptom checker? The two most common causes of pain at the front of the kneecap are patellofemoral pain and patella tendinitis or Jumpers knee. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the two apart and occasionally they can occur simultaneously. Here we outline the causes of pain at the front of the knee as well as important conditions which can be missed.