Arthralgia, Knee Pain
Legs | Rheumatology | Arthralgia, Knee Pain (Symptom)
Knee pain can be a result of injury or disease of the knee joint. Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages.
The outlook for an individual with knee pain depends on the particular cause of the pain. For examples, knee pain caused by degenerative cartilage can be chronic, while knee pain from injury sometimes resolves completely with appropriate treatment.
Medical conditions - including arthritis, gout and infections - can also cause knee pain. Other conditions that cause knee pain include: bone chips, bursitis, Medial plica syndrome, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, or swelling of the tendons, partially dislocated kneecap. Of course, the symptoms vary depending on your specific knee injury, but typical symptoms to look out for are pain, often when bending or straightening the knee, and swelling.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If an old knee injury was not properly treated, it may keep causing occasional or constant knee pain. Many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy and knee braces can also help relieve knee pain. In some cases, however, the knee may require surgical repair. Surgical repair of ligament injury can involve suturing, grafting, and synthetic graft repair. Some patients require total knee replacement.
Knee pain can be prevented only to the extent that injuries can sometimes be avoided.