The knees are critical for mobility and bear much of the body’s weight. When pain arises, it's essential to pinpoint the cause quickly. Knee pain can stem from various sources, including injuries, overuse, arthritis, or improper movement mechanics.

Individuals experiencing knee pain may notice swelling, stiffness, redness, and reduced range of motion. The location of pain can vary, with conditions affecting different parts such as the front, back, sides, or entire knee joint. Common conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis: Degenerative joint disease-causing cartilage breakdown.
  • Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons, often from overuse.
  • Meniscus Tears: Damage to the knee's shock-absorbing cartilage.
  • Ligament Injuries: Such as ACL or MCL tears, typically from trauma or sports.

Treatment varies based on the cause and severity of pain. Common recommendations include rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E), physical therapy, and medications to reduce pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.

If you experience persistent knee pain, consult a healthcare provider for a thorough diagnosis and tailored treatment plan. Early intervention can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.