A Historical Perspective of Anterior Knee Pain


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Abstract

Summary:Anterior knee pain, like back pain, is a common complaint in modern developed countries. It has attracted and held significant interest among investigators for generations. Yet we might ask ourselves, “Are we truly making progress in explaining anterior knee pain?” Are our discussions constructively seeking consensus or distilling observations into testable hypotheses that can be scrutinized scientifically? It can be argued that in large measure, the causes of anterior knee pain are as elusive today as they have ever been. The author examines some lessons from medical history to illustrate how strikingly similar issues in anterior knee pain are to other challenges medical scientists have faced and overcome. These recurring historical themes offer guides that are useful for approaching any arena of medical inquiry, not just knee pain.

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