Knee pain is one of the most common complaints of patients presenting to both their GP and Chartered Physio. Knee pain can have many causes and should be examined thoroughly.
Knee pain can be broadly categorised based on whether it’s acute in nature, for example a ligament or muscle strain or meniscus injury, or more chronic. Acute knee injuries occur generally as a result of trauma or during sporting activity and the patient can identify the exact moment at which the injury occurred.
Alternatively, knee pain can be more chronic in its onset. Conditions that result in chronic knee pain may include condramalacia patella, anterior knee pain, jumpers knee, Osgood Schlatters, patellar tendonopathy, patellar tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome or runner’s knee. Patients find it difficult to identify when exactly these conditions began, as they are often a consequence of a build up of trauma over time.