Where does Knee Pain come from?

Mar 22, 2023 | Blogs & News

Knee pain is a common condition and can occur at any age.

Growing children suffer from knee pain, acute injuries can cause bone trauma, joint damage and ligament tears and degenerative wear and tear particularly in older people can reduce the quality of mobility curtailing daily activities and hobbies.

On the flip side knee pain can also come from other structures in the body such as the hip and spine or can be caused by inflammatory conditions, infection, or tumours. It is important that you get checked out by a health care professional such as a physio or doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

  • Risk factors for knee pain include:
    • Increasing age.
    • Obesity.
    • Repetitive loading at work.
    • Participation in sport.
  • A person presenting with knee pain should be:
    • Asked about a history of trauma.
    • Asked to describe the history of the pain and/or injury (including, type and duration of pain, aggravating and relieving factors, history of swelling).
  • An examination of the knee should be carried out, including a full history, an inspection of the joint, palpation, evaluation of the range of motion.
  • If there is a history of trauma, an assessment for injuries including fracture, tendon rupture, ligament tears are required, along with a neurovascular assessment.
  • Red flags should be considered for:
    • Infection (septic arthritis or osteomyelitis).
    • Tumours.
    • Inflammatory polyarthritis.
    • Significant bony or soft tissue injury such as fractures, dislocation, and tendon/ligament rupture.

We are experts at assessing knees and establishing the cause of pain or mobility issues.

All Club members are welcome to book one of our free 15-minute face to face or phone advice sessions. Take the opportunity to chat with a physio in Leeds and surrounding areas about any aches and pains you are currently struggling with. Call us on 0113 268 7578 or pop into the clinic to book.