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Your Knee Pain All Over May Also be Known as:
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Top 10 Knee Pain All Over 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.Acl Injury

    The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a super-important tendon that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin), keeping the tibia from flying forward every time a step is taken. Tearing happens in a lot of accidents and sports, unfortunately.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER. An ACL tear is very painful and requires surgery, and the sooner that happens, the better the outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee instability, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with acl injury:
    knee pain
    Symptoms that never occur with acl injury:
    mild knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Meniscal Injury

    A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes forceful twisting of the knee, especially when putting the pressure of one's full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus.

    Conservative treatment such as rest, ice and medication is sometimes enough to relieve the pain of a torn meniscus and give the injury time to heal on its own. In other cases, however, a torn meniscus requires surgical repair, which can be best determined by your doctor or physiotherapist.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee stiffness, pain in the inside of the knee, knee instability, knee pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    You should go to the ER immediately. Treatment entails draining the infected area and providing antibiotics to fight the infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Prepatellar Bursitis

    Prepatellar bursitis occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac, around the knee becomes inflamed and painful.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. Treatment is likely to include rest, icing, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the front of the knee, swollen knee, knee redness
    Symptoms that always occur with prepatellar bursitis:
    pain in the front of the knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Skin Infection of the Knee

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, knee pain, knee redness, knee injury, painful knee swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with skin infection of the knee:
    knee redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    You should see a doctor if these symptoms continue or begin to get worse

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, dull or achy leg pain, difficulty falling asleep, restless legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Sciatica

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the human body, and it runs through the buttock, down the thigh and into the calf, sending information to the muscles in the back of the thigh and leg, as well as the surrounding skin. The sciatic nerve itself is supplied by nerves coming from the spine in the lower back. Sometimes, one of the disks separating the vertebrae (bones of the spine) may bulge out a little bit, putting pressure on one of these nerve roots, causing sciatica, or shooting pain down the sciatic nerve.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin as well as muscle relaxants may help. Some people find applying gentle heat or cold on painful muscles is soothing as well. It is important to stay active! Remaining in bed for too long may cause more inflammation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, numbness in one foot, pain in one leg, numbness in one thigh
    Symptoms that always occur with sciatica:
    back pain that shoots down the leg
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Jumper's Knee (Patellar Tendonitis)

    Patellar tendonitis (Jumper's knee) is the inflammation of the patellar tendon, which attaches the knee cap to the shin bone (tibia). This condition is caused by frequently from sports and jumping.

    You should visit your primary care doctor, who will perform a physical exam to assess for other causes of knee pain. Lab studies and imaging are typically not necessary. Treatment involves reducing activity to allow for healing, stretching, and strengthening the muscles supporting the knee.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, spontaneous knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, knee pain that gets worse when squatting, knee stiffness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Knee Pain All Over

  • 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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Knee Pain All Over Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced knee pain all over have also experienced:

    • 4% Pop in the Knee
    • 4% Knee Stiffness
    • 4% Knee That Clicks During Movement
  • People who have experienced knee pain all over had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 47% Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • 38% Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome
    • 14% Acl Injury
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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