It is not seldom that we feel something scary and weird such as some pain somewhere in our bodies and we are not quite sure what is it. Take knee pain for example. There can be millions of causes for your knee pain, and millions of different types of pain.
Your knee might feel painful, stiff, swollen, immobile, etc. In order to find out the cause of your knee pain and start treating it, it’s important that you know the common symptoms for these causes of knee pain. This is the easiest way to discover your source of pain.
The knee is the biggest, but at the same time the most fragile joint in our bodies. It is located just there up front and it’s the first target when it comes to injuries. Plus, the knee has a tough job and has to carry all of our weight.Another thing why it is so fragile is because it moves all the time.
It does all sorts of motions, twists, bends, rotates, etc. We hardly even notice how we treat our knees for most of the time. Being such an easy target, it is logically that it can suffer, and it can suffer from many different causes with an outcome of many different symptoms and types of pain.
When you start feeling knee pain, it is important that you note all your symptoms in order to discover the cause of the pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms and their causes in order to guide you in the process of treatment.
Where does it hurt?
The pain in the knee can happen in the front of the knee, at the back of the knee or inside the knee. When the pain is located in the front of the knee, it is usually the kneecap that hurts. It can be from some recent injury, but can also be from many other reasons. Pain in the back of the knee can also be a symptom of knee pain most commonly related to a condition called Baker’s Cyst. The symptom of pain inside the knee can be due to many causes, such as arthritis, tears and so on.
If you feel that your knee is starting to swell, this can also be a symptom of various conditions. Swollen knee can be a symptom of osteoarthritis, gout, meniscus tear, some fracture in a particular element of the knee, etc.
If your symptoms include limited knee movements or difficulties moving, this can be a sign of a fracture, arthritis or if you recently had some other injury that has limited mobility as a consequence.
When does it hurt?
Some of the knee related conditions are timing related. For instance, if you feel pain when you walk up or most commonly, down the stairs, this might be a symptom of a kneecap problem. Pain that is most presented in the mornings or after a rest is most common in people affected by arthritis.
Snapping and Clicking inside the knee
This is usually nothing serious and it is very common for knees to snap or crunch. When this is happening, you shouldn’t feel any pain. If you feel pain, than there might be some ligament torn.
The ligaments are what hold your knees together and stable. So, if you feel like your knees are not stable like they’re going to betray you, that may be a symptom of some kind of ligament injury.
If you fill stiffness in your knees, which is more likely to happen at the mornings or in the evenings, there are plenty of causes for that. However, forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis can be mostly blamed in this case. If this happens often, it is best to go visit your doctor and check what causes the stiffness.
Knee deformities are common symptoms in a more developed stage of osteoarthritis. You will probably feel that deformity by touching and it can affect both of your knees.
If you see that the area around your knee is becoming red or hot or very cold, you must go and check this with your doctor or a professional. Redness around the knee can be a sign of some more serious diseases such as some forms of arthritis, knee fracture or some type of knee infection.
- Other symptoms: sudden and sharp pain after a particular movement, burning pain, severe pain, weak leg muscles, etc.