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Knee Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about knee pain?

Knee pain may start suddenly, or it may be a long-term problem. You may have pain on the side, front, or back of your knee. You may have knee stiffness and swelling. You may hear popping sounds or feel like your knee is giving way or locking up as you walk. You may feel pain when you sit, stand, walk, or climb up and down stairs.

What increases my risk for knee pain?

How is the cause of knee pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your knee and ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider when the pain started and what you were doing at the time. Describe the pain, such as sharp, throbbing, or achy. Tell your provider about any knee injury or surgery you had. You may need any of the following:

How is knee pain treated?

Treatment will depend on the cause of your pain. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

What can I do to prevent knee pain?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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