Did you know there are 4 main types of knee pain?
Knee pain is relatively common and there are many ways how this can be caused. To name a few, this could be from overuse, exercising or simply wear and tear from ageing.
The 4 main types of knee pain are Anterior, Posterior, Medial and Lateral. By pinpointing where is causing the pain, this can provide clues as to what may be wrong.
Anterior: Front of the knee pain
Most commonly, anterior pain stems from troubles with your kneecap (the patella) and the patella tendon. Pain at the front of the knee can be caused by a number of things, to name a few this could be caused by:
- A dislocated or maltracking patella
- Tight muscles
- Overdoing your workout
- Muscle imbalances
Posterior: Behind the knee pain
Posterior pain refers to pain that is located behind your kneecap, also known as popliteal. Biceps Femoris Tendonitis and Baker’s Cyst are common conditions associated with this pain. There are a number of causes to this pain which include (but not limited to):
- Your knee joint wearing down as you get older
- A knee injury to the ligament or cartilage
- An infection
Medial: Inside of the knee pain
Medial pain occurs inside of the knee and be due to a number of problems. Some of the most common causes of this knee pain are:
- MCL injury (medial collateral ligament)
- Medial meniscus tear
- Pes anserine bursa
- Medial plica irritation
Lateral: Outside of the knee pain
Lateral knee pain refers to soreness that can occur on the outer part of the knee. Again, there are a number of causes to this type of pain which can include:
- LCL Injury (lateral collateral ligament)
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Lateral meniscus tear
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Despite the more common causes and types of knee pain being listed above, there are many other causes and symptoms. Always seek the help of a professional when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.