Common Causes of Knee Pain

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Jun 08

When it comes to common causes of knee pain, there is pain that comes on suddenly, as in the case of injury and then there is pain that is chronic, lasting more than 6 months. In both cases, there are many common causes. Some can be improved with physical therapy.

If your knee pain has had a negative impact on your quality of life, or you find that you are making accommodations for your knee pain, you may benefit from a consultation with one of our physical therapists.

In addition to your knee pain, other symptoms that might accompany it, including:

-Constant aching

-Difficulty straightening your knee

-Knee making sounds such as popping or crunching


-Swelling, stiffness, redness and/or warm to the touch

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain can of course be caused by an injury. Sometimes it is caused by other conditions such as arthritis and gout. In addition to knee injuries such as ACL injuries, fractures, and tears, you may have other things that are causing your knee pain such as bursitis or tendonitis in the knee.

Other causes of knee pain may be:

Floating bone or cartilage

IT band syndrome

Baker’s cyst

Kneecap dislocation

Related pain, such as hip pain or foot pain

Poor flexibility


Being overweight

Repetitive stress on knees from your job/work or overuse

Sports such as skiing or basketball

The Benefit of Physical Therapy For Knee Pain

If you are experiencing chronic knee pain, it is not something that will go away on its own. Physical therapy can help many cases of knee pain. A physical therapist can conduct a gait analysis to help create a treatment plan if your knee pain is due to biomechanics. Physical therapy can also help after a total knee replacement.

[Related article: 3 Exercises To Reduce Knee Pain]

To learn more about the underlying cause of your knee pain,, contact a physical therapist at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy in Queen Creek or Phoenix. A physical therapist is an important member of your healthcare team who can help you find relief from common causes of knee pain.

Contact us today.


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Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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