Knee Pain & the Common Causes
By Dr. Matthew G. Kanaan
Knee Pain is a very common and sometimes very concerning symptom that patients face. Fortunately for most the pain is a very short lived problem that does not lead to any knee damage.
The most common reasons for KNEE PAIN , can be categorized based on the following questions:
1. Is the pain related to a fall or injury? In this case it is advised to see a physician soon. Most injuries of the ligaments, bone, and meniscus require some mechanism of injury.
2. Is there Pain AND swelling ? Swelling of the knee in younger patients (under 50) usually means something is wrong inside the knee joint. This needs to be evaluated by a physician. Swelling of the knee in the older patients (50 and up) can be as simple as a flare up of arthritits.
3. What makes the pain worse ? In general KNEE PAIN that happens with basic activity (walking , standing up, and rest) is usually more severe than KNEE PAIN that only happens with vigorous activity (running long distance, deep bends , and lifting weights)
4. Has the pain been there before ? People that have had knee pain for years usually do not have acute injuries. It is more likely that they have something chronic, such as arthritis , or a benign alignment problem. People that have knee pain all of a sudden after an injury likely have something more serious that has occurred , especially if there was a fall or trauma.
At Wake Sports Medicine in the Raleigh / Cary NC area , we can evaluate and diagnose all the above causes of knee pain. Dr. Matthew G. Kanaan is a Trained Sports Medicine Physician who specializes in nonsurgical orthopedics, and injuries.
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Read more about Runner’s Knee : https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00382