The location of knee pain can help identify the problem. Pain on
the front of the knee can be due to bursitis, arthritis, or
softening of the patella cartilage as in chondromalacia patella.
Pain on the sides of the knee is commonly related to injuries to
the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tears to the meniscuses.
Pain in the back of the knee can be caused by arthritis or cysts,
known as Bakerâs cysts. Bakerâs
cysts are an accumulation of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that
forms behind the knee. Overall knee pain can be due to bursitis,
arthritis, tears in the ligaments, osteoarthritis of the joint, or
infection.Instability, or giving way, is also another common knee
problem. Instability is usually associated with damage or problems
with the meniscuses, collateral ligaments, or patella tracking.
Review Date: 07/10/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of
Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of
Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief,
Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic
Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director,
A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)