Skip to main content

Causes of Chronic and Constant Knee Pain

Constant Chornic Knee pain causesChronic knee pain is long term pain. Constant chronic knee pain is a frequent presenting complain in orthopedic clinics and out patient departments. Usually older men and females complain of knee pain, but in certain conditions younger patients may also suffer from chronic knee pain. Chronic means long term, it is different from the term “acute” knee pain, that means short term pain which usually follows an acute insult to knee joint by accident or acute infection.

Chronic knee pain is different from acute knee pain because it is long term and difficult to treat. Moreover, it seldom resolves spontaneously and it often needs treatment.

Following are the most common causes of chronic and constant knee pain.

  1. Osteoarthritis

    It is a degenerative disease that occurs in older individuals. Females after menopause are more at risk. Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed on X-ray. Xray shows reduced joint space.
  2. Chondromalacia Patella:

    In chondromalacia patella, the cartilaginous bone in knee cap is deficient. Its deficiency causes more friction, degeneration and aggravates inflammation. Thus patent feels a constant knee pain.
  3. Tendinitis:

    Tendinitis is not very common but may occur in both younger and older patients. It is usually suspected when patient feels pain in front of his knee which aggravated by walking and climbing upstairs.
  4. Bursitis:

    Bursitis is inflammation of the joint cavity. It is usually resolved by medications. But once it occurs, it may occur again. So Patient needs to adopt preventive measures.
  5. Baker’s cyst:

    Baker’s cyst is formed behind the knee. It is felt as a fluctuant lump behind the knee. Patient feels severe pain and it doesn’t resolve without surgery.
  6. Rheumatoid arthritis:

    Both younger and older patients may suffer from this disease. It is an autoimmune disorder. Usually occurs in younger individuals who have frequent histories of untreated sore throats. It causes multiple joint inflammation and ultimately results in bone erosion and joint deformity. It has its own treatment.
  7. Meniscus tear:

    Knee joint has two meniscuses. One is present on each side of the knee. Sometimes, sudden trauma or stress may cause meniscal tear.
  8. Sprain or ligament tear:

    Injury to the ligaments of knee joint may also cause chronic knee pain. Ligaments hold the two bones at joint together.
  9. Bone tumors:

    Tumor or cancer of bones is a rare cause of chronic knee pain.

Read Also:

Treatment of Chronic and Constant Knee Pain (Coming soon)

Like on facebook/twitter or follow by email for future articles and updates.


Popular posts from this blog

Human Parasites, Types of Parasites, and Classification

Parasite: A parasite is a living organism which gets nutrition and protection from another organism where it lives. Parasites enter into the human body through mouth, skin and genitalia. In this article, we will generally discuss the types and classification of parasites. It is important from an academic point of view. Those parasites are harmful, which derives their nutrition and other benefits from the host and host get nothing in return but suffers from some injury. Types of Parasites Ecto-parasite: An ectoparasite lives outside on the surface of the body of the host. Endo-parasite: An endo-parasite lives inside the body of the host, it lives in the blood, tissues, body cavities, digestive tract or other organs. Temporary parasite: A temporary parasite visits its host for a short period of time. Permanent parasite: Permanent parasite lives its whole life in the host. Facultative parasite: A facultative parasite can live both independently and dependently. It lives in the

How to taper off, wean off beta blocker, atenolol, Propranolol, Metoprolol

Beta blockers include, atenolol (Tenormin), propranolol (Inderal ) and metoprolol (Lopressor) and are used to treat high blood pressure, certain cardiac problems, migraine and few other conditions. People usually take atenolol, propranolol or metoprolol for many years as a treatment of high blood pressure or after having an episode of heart attack . Sometimes, it becomes necessary to withdraw these beta blockers due to their potential side effects that trouble the patients or sometimes doctor wants to change the drug and shift the patient to some other anti-hypertensive medicine. No matter whatever the cause is, whenever, a patient who has been using a beta blocker for a long period of time, and he needs to be stopped from further usage of that beta blocker, must not stop taking it. One should taper off the dose of a beta blocker. Now a question arises how to wean off or taper off a beta blocker? The method of tapering off beta blocker varies from individual to individual. Allow you

Difficulty in standing up from a sitting or squatting position, Causes & Solution

People who feel it difficult to stand up from a sitting or squatting position may have problem in one or more of the following structures. 1. Knee joint 2. Muscles of legs, thighs or buttock 3. Muscles of arms 4. Cerebellum Let’s now explain one by one, what kind of problems in above structures may cause difficulty in standing up from a sitting or squatting position. 1. How do problems in knee joints lead to difficulty in standing up? Knee joint is one of the primary and most affected joint that takes part in standing up. Other joints that take part are hip, ankle, knee, elbow, wrist and shoulder joint. Knee joint gets the most strain , and also knee joint is comparatively less supported. That’s why usually it’s the knee joint that starts to cry first because of arthritis. Knee joint arthritis causes long term knee pain , that makes the movement difficult at knee joint. Arthritis also makes the knee joint stiffer and slower and its range of motion also decreases. All these affects coll