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What Can Cause Knee Pain Without Injury? And Other Knee Pain FAQs

What can cause knee pain without injury?

Knee pain is a common complaint that can have numerous causes. Many people experience knee pain at some point in their lives, and it can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain that limits your mobility. But if you have chronic knee pain without injury, you may wonder about its root cause. Below, we describe some of the possible causes of knee pain without injury.

Bursitis

Bursitis is a condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and tendons. These sacs, called bursae, become inflamed and can cause pain, especially when moving the affected joint. The most common symptom of bursitis is pain, which can range from mild to severe. Other symptoms may include joint stiffness, redness or warmth around the affected joint, and the swelling or tenderness around the affected joint.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis of the knee is usually caused by overuse or an injury to the tendons that surround the knee joint. The most common type of tendinitis around the knee is patellar tendinitis, also called jumper’s knee. This is a condition that affects the tendon that attaches the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia).

Patellar tendinitis is most common in young athletes, especially those who participate in sports that involve a lot of jumping, such as basketball, volleyball, and track and field. The condition is also common in middle-aged adults who have jobs that require them to kneel a lot, such as carpet layers and plumbers.

What can cause knee pain without injury? What does knee pain that radiates to thigh and shin indicate? We answer your questions about the source of chronic knee pain in New York.

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Baker’s Cyst

Baker’s cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form behind the knee. They are also called popliteal cysts. Baker’s cysts usually occur as a result of arthritis or another knee injury. The cyst itself does not typically cause pain. However, if the cyst ruptures, the resulting spillage of fluid can cause pain and swelling in the knee. In some cases, the spillage may also lead to a buildup of fluid in the calf, a condition called calf cellulitis.

Osteoarthritis

At its worst, osteoarthritis can be debilitating. The pain can be so bad that it limits your ability to perform activities of daily living, and can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep. People with osteoarthritis often describe the pain as a deep ache or a sharp, stabbing sensation. It can be worse when you move, especially when you put weight on the affected joint, such as when you walk or climb stairs. The pain may also get worse when the weather is cold or humid.

There are several reasons why osteoarthritis can cause knee pain. The cartilage that cushions the joint begins to break down. This can cause the bones to rub against each other, which can be very painful. Additionally, the joint may become inflamed, which can also lead to pain. The inflammation is caused by the release of chemicals that are produced when the cartilage breaks down. Finally, osteoarthritis can cause the formation of bone spurs, which are extra pieces of bone that can rub against the joint and cause pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis that attacks the lining of the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. The knee is a common site of rheumatoid arthritis pain. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or even stand up from a chair.

Rheumatoid arthritis knee pain is often caused by inflammation of the tissues that line the joints (synovium). The synovium produces a fluid that lubricates the joints and helps them move smoothly. When the synovium becomes inflamed, it can produce too much fluid, which can build up in the joint and cause pain. Inflammation can also damage the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joint, causing the bones to rub against each other. This can also lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling.

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What does knee pain that radiates to thigh and shin indicate?

knee pain that radiates to the thigh and shin can indicate a number of different things. It could be a sign of a simple injury, such as a strain or ligament damage. However, it could also be a sign of a more serious condition, such as arthritis. If you experience this type of pain, it is important to see a knee pain doctor for the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain.

I have pain on the inside of the knee when straightening my leg. What does it mean?

If you have pain on the inside of your knee when you straighten your leg, it may be a sign of a condition called medial knee osteoarthritis. This condition is a type of arthritis that affects the joints, and can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Medial knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, which means that it gets worse over time. It is caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage that cushions the joint. This can happen due to age, injury, or overuse of the joint.

You may also experience knee pain because of bursitis, tendinitis, and other underlying causes. If you experience chronic knee pain, pain on the inside of the knee when straightening the leg, or swelling on the outside of the knee, you must contact a knee pain doctor in New York.

Who do I go to for knee pain?

Knee Pain Doctor NYC is led by highly-skilled, board-certified interventional pain doctors with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic knee pain. Our pain doctors carefully discuss your symptoms, administer imaging tests, and diagnose the root cause of knee pain to curate a personalized knee pain treatment plan. You can find our knee pain doctors in Midtown Manhattan (290 Madison) or the Financial District. Please schedule an appointment with your nearest board-certified knee pain doctor in New York.

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