Infrapatellar Neuralgia


Infrapatellar neuralgia is a neurological disorder due to a lesion or dysfunction of this nerve, and is accompanied by pain and neurological deficits in region of the infrapatellar branch of the saphenal nerve.


A direct traumatic lesion of this nerve, such as dashboard trauma, knee prostheses, arthroscopy, or meniscus surgery, can cause infrapatellar neuralgia.

Signs and symptoms

Patients with infrapatellar neuralgia complain of pain, sensory loss, hyperalgesia, and allodynia of the anterior-medial side of the knee lateral to the knee tendon.


Physical Examination

Neurological examination can show allodynia and hypoalgesia in the region of the infrapatellar nerve.

Additional Somatic Diagnostics

  • None
  • RAND-36 (quality of life)
  • VAS-Pain (maximal, minimal, actual, average/week)
  • PCS (catastrophising)
  • HADS (fear and depression)

Additional Psycho-cognitive Diagnostics

Multidisciplinary Treatment

Whether or not somatic treatment is indicated is based on the pain diagnosis.  Based on the findings of the pain questionnaires, additional diagnostics and/or multidisciplinary treatment consisting of various non-somatic treatments may be necessary.

Non-somatic Treatment

Somatic Treatment

Pharmacological treatment:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsives: carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentine and pregabaline.

Interventional Pain Treatment


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