What is Chronic Knee Pain?​​

Chronic knee pain is long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. The cause of your knee pain can determine the symptoms you experience. Many conditions can cause or contribute to chronic knee pain, and many treatments exist. Each person’s experience with chronic knee pain will be different.

Chronic knee pain rarely goes away without treatment, and it isn’t always attributable to one incident. It’s most often the result of several causes or conditions. Physical conditions or diseases can cause knee pain.

Possible Causes for Knee Pain:

Osteoarthritis: Pain, inflammation, and joint destruction caused by degeneration and deterioration of the joint.

Tendinitis: Pain in the front of the knee that is made worse when climbing, taking stairs, or walking up an incline.

Bursitis: Inflammation caused by repeated overuse or injury of the kneechondromalacia.

Patella: Damaged cartilage under the kneecap.

Gout: Arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid.

Baker’s cyst: A buildup of synovial fluid (fluid that lubricates the joint) behind the knee.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): A chronic autoimmune inflammatory disorder that causes painful swelling and can eventually cause joint deformity and bone erosion.

Dislocation: Dislocation of the kneecap most often the result of trauma.

Meniscus Tear: A rupture in one or more of the cartilage in the knee.

Torn Ligament: Tear in one of the four ligaments in the knee — the most commonly injured ligament is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Bone Tumors: Osteosarcoma (second most prevalent bone cancer), most commonly occurs in the knee.

Knee Pain Symptoms:

The symptoms of chronic knee pain are different for each person, and the cause for the knee pain often affects how the pain feels. Chronic knee pain may present as a:

  • Constant ache
  • Sharp, shooting pain when in use
  • Dull burning discomfort
  • Chronic swelling and pain when the knee is touched
Each underlying cause of chronic knee pain has a specific type of treatment.


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