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Your Pain in Both Knees May Also be Known as:
Bilateral knee pain
Both knees hurt

Top 4 Pain in Both Knees Causes

  1. 1.Knee Arthritis

    Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with an muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment for arthritis may involve pain killers to ease the pain, corticosteroid injections into the knee, and surgery in rare, more severe, cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in both knees, knee stiffness, morning joint stiffness, knee instability, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with knee arthritis:
    pain in both knees
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Tertiary Phase of Syphilis Infection

    Syphilis is a common sexually trasmitted infection (STI). Late phase, or tertiary, syphilis is uncommon, as it occurs years to decades after initial exposure to the infection. It is the most progressed and serious stage of the disease. Late phase syphilis infection can lead to loss of function of multiple organ systems, especially the nervous system, the heart and blood vessels, and the liver.

    You should visit a doctor within the next 48 hours. Late phase syphilis is a difficult disease to manage, and requires intensive treatment of affected organs as well as antibiotics to treat the underlying infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, irritability, numbness or tingling sensations in skin, dizziness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Knees

  • Q.Is your knee pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your knee pain been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your knee pain?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your knee pain?

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Pain in Both Knees Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both knees have also experienced:

    • 5% Knee Pain
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in both knees had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 30% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced pain in both knees were most often matched with:

    • 5% Knee Arthritis
    • 3% Osgood - Schlatter Disease
  • 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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