Common knee symptoms :
- location of pain: front (patella pain), back (patella pain),
inside (medial meniscus tears, medial collateral injury, medial
joint arthritis), outside (lateral meniscus tears, lateral
collateral ligament injury, Ilio-tibial band tendonitis, and
lateral joint arthritis)
- Timing of pain (for instance : while going down stairs;
morning pain and stiffness that resolves with gentle activity,
pain while you stand up and walk after prolonged sitting).
- Popping and snapping within the knee is quite common, and often
not a symptom of any particular problem. These sounds can be associated
- Locking is a symptom that occurs when a patient cannot bend
or straighten their knee. The locking can either be due to something
actually blocking motion of the knee (a piece of cartilage or
meniscus wedges within the joint) or when pain prevents the patient
from moving the knee. Treatment of pain and quadriceps exercises
allow to differentiate these two causes. A MRI (magnetic resonnance
imaging) or a CT-scan will find the cause of mecanical locking.
- Giving way and instability : it can be a symptom of a ligament
injury (anterior cruciate ligament), or the symptom of the weakness
of the quadriceps (muscle of the thigh) or both .
- Swelling : immediate swelling after an injury brings up a rupture
of the anterior cruciate ligament or a fracture of the top of
the tibia. When swelling develops gradually, the injury is more
likely a tear of meniscus or a knee sprain. Without the presence
of a known injury, swelling can be due to arthritis.
Docteur Jean Etienne Perraudin,