Knee Pain by Location
- Pain on the front of the knee can be due to bursitis, arthritis, or softening of the patella cartilage known as chondromalacia patella.
- Pain on the sides of the knee is commonly related to injuries to the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tear to the meniscus.
- Pain in the back of the knee can be caused by arthritis or cysts, known as Baker’s cysts. Baker’s cysts are an accumulation of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms behind the knee.
- General knee pain can be due to bursitis, arthritis, tears in the ligaments or meniscus, osteoarthritis of the joint, or infection.
- Instability or the knee giving way is also another common knee problem. Instability is usually associated with damage or problems with the meniscus, collateral ligaments or patella tracking.
- Knee pain can also be caused by tendinitis which is inflammation, irritation and swelling of a tendon. Tendinitis pain in the knee is located in the front of the knee or the lateral side of the knee. The pain often gets worse when going up and down stairs or inclines. Tendinitis knee pain is common in runners, skiers and cyclists.
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