What causes Knee Pain?

January 29, 2018 Source: Internal

Knee pain can be troublesome and can affect all types of individuals. It can limit or hinder the ability to perform daily tasks as simple as climbing stairs. Injury can cause knee pain due to torn ligaments or ruptured cartilage however, medical conditions such as arthritis, gout and various infections can result in knee pain as well.

The most common cause of knee pain in adults is a result of arthritis – inflammation of the joints and more specifically osteoarthritis (OA) which is associated with wear and tear. Over time, in individuals over the age of 65, the joint cartilage starts to break down due to constant use causing joint stiffness and pain.

This can be a result of being overweight which puts more pressure on the knee joints. The cartilage in healthy joints is a firm, rubbery material which covers the end of each bone providing a cushion and a smooth gliding surface during movement. When this is lost or damaged, it causes friction between the bones limiting joint mobility. The symptoms of OA can vary but the most common ones are stiffness or pain in the joints after periods of inactivity.