In cases where knee pain is severe, when the joint has been hyperextended or when the joint looks like it is no longer in the proper position, it is time to seek emergency medical treatment. For patients who endure chronic knee pain that prevents them from engaging in normal activities, making an appointment with a trusted physician is important in regaining full function. No one should feel that chronic knee pain is something that they should just accept and live with.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can occur following damage or injury to any of the bones or connective tissue in the joint. Knee pain is normally divided into three categories: acute injury, medical conditions, and chronic use or overuse conditions.
- Dislocation of the joint
- Ligament injuries like an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury
- Meniscus injuries where the shock-absorbing cartilage is hurt
- Rheumatoid arthritis of the joints
- Septic arthritis where the knee joint is infected
- Gout arthritis
- Patellar tendinitis where the tendons connecting the kneecap to the lower leg are inflamed
- Osteoarthritis caused by aging and repeated use