Knee pain can occur in young and the elderly. In young adults injury is a leading cause of knee pain and in the elderly arthritis, injury are the common causes of knee pain. Simple causes of knee pain often resolve with self care.
There are several causes of knee pain. The common causes of knee pain are:
The symptoms other than pain depend on the underlying cause. The signs and symptoms of common knee diseases include the following:
Ligament injuries: A tear of ligaments of the knee which may be caused by a fall or trauma, is likely to cause:
Tendon injuries (tendinitis): Some of the signs and symptoms of tendinitis include:
Meniscus injuries: Signs and symptoms of this type of injury are:
Bursitis: Signs and symptoms of bursitis include:
Septic arthritis: Symptoms of infection of knee joint include fever, pain, swelling, and redness around the knee.
Arthritis: Several types of arthritis can cause knee pain. Common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:
Diagnosing the exact cause of your knee pain can be a challenge because of the wide range of possible causes. Your doctor will take a comprehensive medical history and do a thorough physical exam as these are more useful in knee pain diagnosis than any single test. Medical history may include questions regarding location of the pain, time and pattern of the pain, your exercise program, sports you play or used to play.
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