Blog 6 written by Nicky van Melick
Knee pain after ACL Reconstruction: part 6
How to treat pain related to Hoffa’s fat pad?
Hoffa’s fat pad serves a crucial role in maintaining knee homeostasis, rather than merely occupying the dead space in the anterior knee. Its vulnerability during knee arthroscopy, a component of ACL reconstruction, often leads to post-surgery anterior knee pain in the first postoperative week. If the small arthroscopy wounds are closed, scar massages, taping or wearing higher heeled shoes might help in supporting Hoffa’s healing process.
But what to do if Hoffa’s fat pad pain is present during later stages of rehabilitation?