What is Knee Pain
Ten to fifteen percent of adults report knee symptoms in a general setting and knee pain accounts for approximately three to five percent of all visits to medical physicians. Knee pain can be caused by trauma, misalignment, and degeneration as well as by conditions like arthritis. Non-traumatic knee disorders generally take one of two forms. One type involves a tissue-related problem that creates pressure and irritation in the knee between the patella and the trochlea, causing pain in the patient. The second class of knee disorders involves a tear, slippage, or dislocation that impairs the structural ability of the knee to balance the leg. This may cause either pain, a sense of poor balance, or both in a patient.
How it Happens
The knee is an intricate joint consisting of multiple structures that have to distribute forces from the ground up through the body, as well as from the upper body down through the leg. As a result, there are many different reasons and causes of knee pain, and the pain can be in several different places throughout the knee.
Most knee pain results not because the knee itself, but from some other part of the body. For instance, a tight ITl band, hip flexors, or quadriceps muscles, dominant hamstrings or quads, or weak hip rotators can all contribute to excessive stress and strain being transferred to your knees.
Questions to be Answered on Your First Visit
-Is it your biomechanics of knee,foot, or hips?
- Is it the fascia or muscles or ligaments?
-Is it the way you run or walk?
- Is it stable and safe to exercise?
-Are there exercises or things YOU can do to feel better?
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More on Knee Pain
Pain in the front of the knee
Above the knee
pain from quadriceps muscle strain and quad tendon inflammation, often from activities where the knees come past the toes, as with poor squatting technique.
Below the kneecap
The source of pain is the patellar tendon, which connects the knee cap to the top of the lower leg.
Underneath the knee cap
Pain from excessive compression of the knee cap and from arthritic changes underneath the knee cap.
Pain in the back of the knee
Pain can be to the inside, middle, or outside, often due to hamstring or calf muscle tendon involvement or poor joint mobility, especially when bending the knee. There is a muscle called the popliteus muscle that is often overlooked and it’s responsible for locking and un-locking your knee when extended. Heel striking or running down hill may cause strain on the back of the knee
Pain in the inside of the knee
Pain can be due to tendinitis from the groin muscles and where the tendon inserts. It also can be due to ligament strain of the medial collateral ligament or irritation to the medial meniscus.
Pain in the outside of the knee
Pain can be due to tendinitis, often from a tight IT band. It also can be due to ligament strain of the LCL or irritation of the lateral meniscus.