The anterior compartment of the knee is the geometric space behind the kneecap, usually filled with the fat pad.

anterior compartment of knee
Boundary of the anterior compartment.


Fat Pad within the anterior compartment

The fat pad fills the anterior compartment and protects the cruciate ligaments, menisci and cartilage surfaces of the bones.



Infrapatellar fat pad pressure and volume changes of the anterior compartment during knee motion: possible clinical consequences to the anterior knee pain syndrome. Bohnsack M, Hurschler C, Demirtas T, Rühmann O, Stukenborg-Colsman C and Wirth CJ. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2005 Mar;13(2):135-41. Epub 2004 Oct 29.

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