Facts

  • Common complaint in people of all ages

Overview

Knee pain is a common issue that originates in any of the bones, ligaments or cartilage that comprises the knee joint. Knee pain can be localized or diffuse throughout the knee.

Types

  • Acute knee pain
  • Chronic knee pain

Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms that accompany knee pain include:

  • Weakness or instability
  • Redness/warmth to touch
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Popping sounds
  • Inability to fully straighten knee

Diagnosis/Tests

A physical examination will be performed to inspect for the following:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Range of motion
  • Joint strength

Imaging tests may also be ordered such as an X-ray, Ultrasound, Computerize tomography (CT scan), or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests allow the physician to exam you bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscles.

Causes

  • Injury
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Gout

Treatment Options & Care

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Surgery