SYMPTOMS - Knee 2

Pain on the sides of the knee

Pain on the Outside part of your knee

This outside part of the knee is the side where the palm of your corresponding hand would touch. This is known as the LATERAL side of your knee. This area can be further subdivided into those above and at the spot where your joint begins. This is where your femur (thighbone) meets your tibia (shinbone). You can locate this by sitting with your knee bent to 90 degrees such as in a chair and feeling the soft slope of the outerpart of your knee. Follow this slope down till your finger touches a soft part. This soft spot should be your joint line. Pain at the joint line may mean you have a tear in your cartilage ring called the meniscus or a tear/sprain of your lateral collateral ligament. Pain above your joint line may mean you have some problems with either your kneecap (patella), your lateral collateral ligament (LCL), or even some prolonged swelling of your knee causing some strain onto your joint capsule. Pain on the outside of your knee can also be due to arthritis.

Pain on the Inside part of your knee

The inside of the knee is the side closest to your other knee. This side is known as the MEDIAL side of your knee. Again, this area can be subdivided into three major areas. The first is the spot where your joint begins otherwise known as your joint line. This is where your femur (thighbone) meets your tibia (shinbone). Again it is easiest to locate this spot with your knee bent at 90 degrees. At the corner of this angle is your joint line. Pain at this site may mean you have a tear in your cartilage ring called the meniscus. Because your collateral ligament is attached to your medial meniscus, you may also have an injury to your collateral ligament — the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Pain on the inside of your knee can also be due to arthritis.

Pain above your joint line may mean that you have an injury to your collateral ligament or even some swelling to the capsule of your joint from another injury somewhere else in your knee.

The are below the joint line is located by feeling down only a few inches from the joint line along your shinbone. If you have pain just below your joint line you may have either a bursitis of an area where three tendons come together to attach to your shinbone called the pes bursa. This received its name because it resembles the foot of a duck and pes is Latin for foot. If your pain is more to the middle of your knee, this may due to an injury to your MCL.

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