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.
- anterior knee pain
- Hoffas fat pad
- infrapatellar fat pad
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation