why do the back of my knees ache

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happens when the cartilage inside a joint breaks down. Cartilage is the rubbery material that cushions bones so they donБt scrape against one another when you move. Injury to the knee, or a gradual wearing down from age, arthritis, or overuse, can cause chondromalacia. The most common site of cartilage breakdown is underneath the kneecap (patella). When the cartilage is gone, the knee bones scrape against each other and cause pain. The main symptom is a dull ache behind your kneecap. The pain may get worse when you climb stairs or after youБve been sitting for a while. Ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy can help with the pain. Once the cartilage is damaged, chondromalacia wonБt go away. Only surgery can fix the damaged cartilage.
Pain behind the knee aka posterior knee pain is a common problem with multiple possible causes. It may develop gradually over time due to an underlying knee condition, or it may develop suddenly, which is usually due to an injury.

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Here we will look at the most common causes of pain behind the knee. By thinking about how your pain started, the common symptoms and how your pain behaves, you can work out what is causing your pain. There may be a general achy back of knee pain, leg movements may be restricted by swelling or there may be a sharp pain at the back of the knee. As you read through each summary, you can decide whether it sounds like your problem or not. If it does, read the full article to find out everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and best treatment options. If it doesn\’t sound quite like your pain, simply move on to the next one. Finally, we will look at some of the most frequently asked questions about pain at the back of the knee. 1) 2) 3) What is it: Overstretching or tearing of part of the calf muscle Pain in the back of the knee or calf, bruising, swelling rest, PRICE, heel pads, massage, ultrasound and exercises (but not too soon) Calf Strains – Treatment a problem with how the kneecap glides causes friction and pain behind the kneecap.

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In teenages, pain behind the kneecap is often caused by, a condition where there is thinning of the cartilage on the back of the kneecap. What Causes Swelling Behind The Knee? Swelling behind the knee is most commonly caused by a. Excess fluid in the knee joint, usually from an injury or knee arthritis, leaks out of the back of the joint filling the semimembranosus bursa and causing swelling behind the knee. It often feels like there is a squashy orange behind the knee. What Causes Sharp Pain Behind The Knee? If you are a runner, then sharp pain at the back of the knee often indicates a problem with the hamstring tendons, such as tendonitis. If you do a lot of cycling, then a sharp pain behind your knee is usually caused by tendonitis in one of the calf muscles, gastrocnemius. If you have recently twisted your knee or had a fall, then a is probably causing the sharp pain.

To find out more about these common causes of pain behind knee, click on the links above. People often have lots more questions such as what are the best exercises for treating pain in the back of your knee? What is the muscle behind the knee called? How do I know if I\’ve got a DVT? You can find answers to these and other questions in the section. However, just because there is pain in the back of the knee, doesnБt necessarily mean the problem is there. Pain can refer to different places so a problem round the front of the knee can produce a feeling of posterior knee pain. If you would prefer to diagnose your pain using other specific symptoms such as how the pain started or the specific location of the pain, go to the section for help working out was is causing your posterior knee pain and to learn what you can do about it. Remember, the best way to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain behind the knee is to see your doctor. Go to Diagnosis Knee Pain Guide

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