Athlete With Patellar Knee Joint Pain – Let’s Diagnose

An athletic 17-year-old man presents to the doctor with patellar knee pain (localized to anterior section), joint tenderness, and decreased range of motion that has developed steadily over the past 4-6 weeks. The patient notes that the knee pain is worst when he is playing basketball or when sitting down for prolonged periods of time. Patient can perform a straight leg raise during physical examination.

Is it patellar tendon rupture, patellar tendinopathy, lateral patellar compression syndrome, or patellofemoral pain syndrome?

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