Evaluation, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Implications of the Infrapatellar Fat Pad

Joseph Hannon*, Sean Bardenett, Steven Singleton, J. Craig Garrison

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Context: The infrapatellar fat pad (IFP) is in the anterior knee compartment and may be a major pain generator. Evidence Acquisition: A PubMed database search using the terms Hoffas fat pad, anterior interval, and infrapatellar fat pad was performed from the years 1970 to 2015. Study Design: Clinical review. Level of Evidence: Level 5. Results: Limited research exists examining the role of the IFP in relation to potential treatment and rehabilitation implications. Conclusions: Alterations in IFP mobility, whether the result of postsurgical scarring or faulty movement patterns, result in pain and disability in a variety of patient populations. The majority of treatment approaches are driven by the surgical technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalSports Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Hoffas fat pad
  • anterior knee pain
  • infrapatellar fat pad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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