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Top 6 Dull, Achy Knee Pain Causes

  1. 1.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    The kneecap (patella) is located directly in front of the thigh bone (femur), and should normally glide freely up and down. In this condition, called patellofemoral pain syndrome, the kneecap may rub against the thigh bone instead of gliding smoothly, causing damage and pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. While you can safely take steps to treat this condition at home (avoiding strenuous use of the knee and taking over-the-counter pain medication), your doctor may coordinate care with a physical therapist to help manage your pain and function of the knee.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Symptoms that always occur with patellofemoral pain syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome

    Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the lateral knee pain that results from overuse that occurs after repetitive motion. It is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

    You should go see your doctor in the coming days/weeks regarding your knee pain. He/she will assess the severity of your iliotibial band syndrome and determine the proper course of treatment (ranging from physical therapy and anti-infammatory medicine to corticosteroid injection or possibly surgery).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, sharp knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with iliotibial (it) band syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Infrapatellar Bursitis

    Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. There is a pair of bursae below each kneecap (patella). Infrapatellar bursitis is a condition where these bursae are inflamed. It is a common cause of knee pain in people whose work involves frequent kneeling on hard surfaces.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Rest and elevation (raising the knee up when sitting or laying down) are effective home remedies. You might also consider avoiding kneeling postures, as well as take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with any pain symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, spontaneous knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Baker's Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)

    A Baker's cyst, also called as Popliteal cyst, is a fluid-filled mass that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind the knee. The pain can get worse when the knee is fully flexed or extended.

    Although a Baker's cyst may cause swelling and make you uncomfortable, treating the probable underlying problem (i.e. knee arthritis) usually provides relief. Your doctor will be able to determine whether surgery, though unlikely, is needed.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    calf pain, swollen knee, knee pain that gets worse when squatting, painful knee lump, knee instability
    Symptoms that always occur with baker's cyst (popliteal cyst):
    lump on the back of the knee, constant knee lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Repeated Kneecap Dislocation (Patellar Subluxation)

    Recurrent patellar subluxation is the continued instability of the kneecap, which causes anterior knee pain and usually occurs laterally. It occurs unpredictably with varying durations.

    Your doctor will be able to make a diagnosis regarding the severity of your recurrent patellar subluxation using X-ray and/or MRI. Basic rehabilitation is the preferred conservative treatment, but in certain cases surgery may be necessary to stabilize the recurring dislocations.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, pain in the front of the knee, pain in the inside of the knee, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with repeated kneecap dislocation (patellar subluxation):
    kneecap dislocation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Osgood - Schlatter Disease

    This condition is a common cause of knee pain amount children and adolescents who play sports, and usually affects children 16 and younger. Osgood-Schlatter Disease usually develops due to overuse of the large quadriceps (quad) muscle which makes up the front of the thigh. The muscle pulls on the kneecap and the kneecap (patellar) ligament, which attaches to the upper part of the shin bone (tibia). With overuse, redness and soreness may develop in the knee.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. The problem will go away on its own without any specific treatment. Over-the-counter pain medication may help with the occasional flare-up.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting, knee pain that gets worse during a run, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, knee pain that gets worse when kneeling
    Symptoms that always occur with osgood-schlatter disease:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dull, Achy Knee Pain

  • Q.Is your knee pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your knee pain?
  • Q.How long has your knee pain been going on?
  • Q.Is the knee pain affecting one or both knees?

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Dull, Achy Knee Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dull, achy knee pain have also experienced:

    • 10% Knee Pain
    • 10% Dull, Achy Hip Pain
    • 5% Moderate Knee Pain
  • People who have experienced dull, achy knee pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 30% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced dull, achy knee pain were most often matched with:

    • 50% Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • 50% Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome

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