Knee pain can occur for a number of reasons overuse or trauma such as a joint injury to the tibia femoral joint, patellofemoral joint, ligaments, tendons and bursa. Injury can also cause damage to the tissues inside and around a knee join
In adults, the most common cause of knee pain is arthritis.
Osteoarthritis affects approximately 1 in 4 adults and occurs when the bones and the cartilage that make up the knee joint become damaged — in most cases, the cause of the damage is unknown. In some cases it can result from previous injury, from being overweight or from family history. Osteoarthritis is not an unavoidable consequence of ageing - early detection and diagnosis are crucial in managing the condition. Just because you have knee osteoarthritis, you will not necessarily develop problems in other joints.
Knee pain can be associated with a range of symptoms that may vary from person to person. The most common problems encountered are:
It is important to remember that changes on x-ray do not accurately predict symptoms or what treatment will be best for your knee. For example: many people with x-ray results showing osteoarthritis will never require knee surgery and can be helped with simple treatment strategies
Everyone benefits from regular exercise. Regular exercise is important in maintaining overall health and for preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. For people with knee pain, exercise is particularly important. Even low-level exercise performed at home can help to maintain joint mobility and health. In fact, research has shown that regular exercise is one of the most important treatments for most knee pain.
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Knee Pain Explained