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Understanding the Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common problem that affects people of all ages. It can be caused by a wide range of factors, from injury to health conditions. Here are some of the most common causes of knee pain:

1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that can cause knee pain due to wear and tear on the joint. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joint gradually breaks down, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

2. Tendinitis

Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons that attach muscles to bones. In the knee, tendinitis is most commonly found in the patellar tendon, which connects the knee cap to the shinbone. It can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area.

3. Bursitis

Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and soft tissues in the knee joint. Bursitis occurs when these sacs become inflamed, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee.

4. Meniscus Tear

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones in the knee joint. A meniscus tear can occur from sudden twisting or turning of the knee, or from wear and tear over time. This can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the knee.

5. Ligament Injuries

The ligaments in the knee are strong, flexible bands that hold the joint together. Injuries to these ligaments can result in knee pain and instability. The most common types of knee ligament injuries are ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament) injuries.

6. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a common knee problem that affects the kneecap and the area around it. It can be caused by overuse, muscle imbalances, or issues with the alignment or movement of the kneecap. It can cause pain in the front of the knee, especially when climbing stairs or sitting for long periods.

In summary, knee pain can be caused by a wide range of factors, from injury to health conditions. If you experience knee pain, it’s important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early intervention can help prevent further damage and improve the chances of a full recovery.

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