3 Possible Causes of Your Knee Pain

Knee, Uncategorized, Blog, / By Koh Peh Chia

Knee pain is a one of the most common injuries prevalent in people of all ages. The location and severity of may vary depending on the cause. In this week’s blog, we share 3 possible injuries that we see that might cause this.

What Can Cause My Knee Pain?

Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)

Knee OA is a result of the wear and tear of the cartilage of the knee joint, which is the layer of cushion that we have between the joints. When the cartilage gets worn out, the bones of our knee joint rub against each other and result in pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee. We have written more about it in another blog here.

Symptoms include:

  • Warm Knee
  • Gradual Increase In Pain After a Period of Inactivity
  • Morning Stiffness

Chondromalacia Patellae (CMP)

CMP is a condition where your knee cap has generated due to a result of the cartilage softening and swelling. This manifests as knee pain at the front of your knee and one of the more common causes. The difference between Knee OA and CMP is that CMP is a localised pain at the knee cap and there is no morning stiffness.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain exacerbated by activities that load the knee such as sitting to standing or squatting
  • High Q angle
  • Tenderness on palpation

Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar Tendinopathy is an overuse injury of the patellar tendon. It is a tendon at the kneecap which allows the storage and release of energy at the knee. Consequently, it is involved in activities such as jumping, changing direction or decelerating. As a result, this causes inflammation of the tendon. This condition is commonly seen in people who participate in sports that involve the activities mentioned above. A few of these sports include basketball, volleyball and football. Furthermore, we have written about this here.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain while jumping, changing direction and decelerating
  • Pain increases when the demand on the knee increases, especially in activities that store and release energy in the patellar tendon

What Is Causing My Pain?

Due to the subtle differences in the causes and symptoms of knee pain, we recommend you seek professional help in a diagnosing your pain. If you would like to book an appointment or have any more questions, feel free to contact us or message us through our Instagram page.

Winsen Citra

Principal Physiotherapist

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