By Charlotte Miller, MA
The knee is the largest joint in the body, therefore knee pain is very common for all age groups. Pain can be due to a sudden injury, overuse or some other underlying condition. Signs and symptoms that may occur when the knee(s) start to hurt are swelling, stiffness, redness, weakness, popping noises and a decrease in range of motion.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain:
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Also known as runners knee, is found more among runners but can also cause pain with biking, climbing and jumping.
- Chondromalacia Patella: This refers to the softening and or breakdown of cartilage under the patella (kneecap). It’s very common, but more often found in women.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia).
- Osteoarthritis: A very common condition in individuals 65-years and older, characterized by the deterioration of cartilage.
- Overuse Injury: Individuals who participate in activities that require repetitive motion of the knee for long periods of time are most at risk.
If you are experiencing knee pain, please contact our office at (316) 677-2898 for more information or a FREE consultation.