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Back of Knee Pain Causes

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Do you have serious pain in the back of your knee?

Read on to learn what might be the reason – and what you can do.

What causes back of the knee pain?

You need to first figure out what isn’t the problem.

Hip injuries, for instance, can cause knee pain because of shared nerve paths.  Many conditions like Sinding-Larsen’s Disease and neuromas cause knee pain.

You also need to understand the problem.

Did the pain start after a particular event? Is the pain sharp and consistent?  Or does it occur during a particular activity?

The most common causes of knee pain are

1) arthritis

2) acute damage from trauma

3) chronic damage

Damage to your anterior or posterior cruciate ligament is a common cause of knee pain in athletes.  Misalignment of bones and/or muscle can cause long term damage and pain.

More than six local tissues can be sources of pain, including damage to the skin, bone, nerve and muscle.

How is knee pain treated?

There’s not much you can do for your knee pain – if it’s really serious – without getting a proper diagnosis from a doctor.  A doctor will give you exercises to strengthen specific muscles that’ll reduce pain.

During this rehab, physical activity that could make the pain worse should be avoided or reduced.

Braces and shoes with special balances are also potential treatments.

Glucosamine, a supplement, has shown some – but very limited – improvement in trials.

Surgery should be a last resort.  Less invasive procedures like arthroscopy should be first considered, and only after failed attempts should knee replacement be considered.

Fast and Safe Pain Relief

Related:

Treating Pain After Total Knee Replacement

Sources:

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Review and Guidelines for Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Patellofemoral Pain

Do you have serious pain in the back of your knee (right below the kneecap)? You probably want to know what causes it.

What causes the pain?

Hip injuries can cause knee pain because of shared nerve paths. Many conditions like Sinding-Larsen’s Disease and neuromas can cause knee pain. To properly diagnose your knee pain requires an experienced clinician.

It could be arthritis, especially if you’re 40 or older and have a history of physical activity. Did the pain start after a particular event? If so, it might be acute damage like a tear of a tissue that’s causing the pain.

Is the pain sharp and consistent? Or does it occur during a particular activity?

Damage to your anterior or posterior cruciate ligament is a common cause of knee pain in athletes.

More than six local tissues can be sources of pain, including damage to the skin, bone, nerve and muscle.

How is this pain treated?

The standard of care currently is first proper diagnosis. Then the relevant muscles are strengthened through exercises. Physical activity that could make the pain worse should be avoided or reduced while rehabilitating the knee.

Surgery should be a last resort.



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