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Knee Pain: A Closer Look

The knee joint is one of the larger joints in the body as well as the most commonly injured.

General knee pain

Most knee problems fall into one of these major categories:

  • Ligament injuries
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Overuse problems
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Fractures/dislocations

Other much less common causes of knee pain could include tumors, infection or nerve related problems.

 

Ligaments

The knee has four major ligaments

  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Posterior cruciate ligament
  • Medial collateral ligament
  • Lateral collateral ligament

These ligaments work together to stabilize your knee. Click here for more information specifically on ligament tears.

Cartilage

There are two types of cartilage present in your knee that can be injured. One, the articular cartilage, is the cartilage that covers the bone. The other cartilage is called the meniscus. You have a medial (inside) and lateral (outside) meniscus. Click here to discover more information about cartilage in your knee.

Overuse problems

Overuse problems, also called pain syndromes, in the knee are common. Depending on your level of activity, you may develop pain that would benefit from further treatments. Please speak with your p