What Does It Mean?
Knee pain is very common
with sports. Understanding your knee can be difficult sometimes,
especially when you can't remember a specific injury. If you know the
location of your pain, then you are one step closer to
out what may be causing it. Read on to learn more...
The knee is made up of two different joints. The Tibio-Femoral joint,
and the patello-femoral joint. The first is the primary joint of the
knee, the one that does the hinging and all the work. The second is the
major problem causer when it comes to knee injury. Lets look at the
tibio-femoral joint first.
Knee Joint Pain
sides of the knee, along the joint lines can be indicitive of several
different possible injuries. The most common injury that causes pain
along the joint line is a meniscus tear.
This is especially common after the initial injury and inflammation has
subsided. Once the knee is no longer swollen, the area of tenderness
resides along the joint lines, runing from the front of the knee
towards the back of the knee. In the picture to the right, the red line
is the joint line, the blue
are where pain may be with a
along the inside of the knee, running up and down between the two bones
(the femur and the tibia) may be indicative of an MCL injury.
The MCL runs up and down along the inside of the knee, and with injury,
causes tenderness in this spot. The blue circle indicates were the MCL
pain may be.
Femoral Joint Pain
along the sides of the patella (blue circles) may indicate patella femoral syndrome.
This is caused by abnormal stresses on the patella. This area may be
tender to the touch, or may be painful during activities.
Patellar Tendon Pain
painful knee in the area of the patellar tendon may be indicative of
patellar tendonitis. patellar tendonitis.
This is caused by overload stress on the patellar tendon. Pain along
the front of the knee, as indicated by the circle, may also be patella
femoral in nature.Pes Anserine Bursitis
cause pain in the front of the knee, close to the patellar tendon.
Pain in the Back
along the back of the knee can be from several different things. The
most common of these is a hamstring strain
. The hamstring
tendons insert along both sides of the knee, and can be irritated or
strained, causing pain in these spots.
While knee pain can be very complicated, the location of the pain is
very important in determining its cause. While these different spots
are not all inclusive, it should help to give you an idea of what may
be causing your knee pain. As always, if you are having pain, swelling,
or loss of function, please see your physician.
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