Pain in the knee is one of the most common joint pains that affects most of us. Since the knees have to bear most of the body weight yet have the flexibility to allow us to move on two legs, it is understandable that it can be easily strain, injured and prone to disease. Knee pain is a common symptom of both acute and chronic knee problems. It may at times require medical or even surgical treatment. Simple measures can assist with relieving and even preventing knee pain but this should not preclude the necessity of drugs and surgery in some cases.
Knee pain should always be investigated by a doctor especially if it occurs frequently and is accompanied by joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a common condition that occurs as a person gets older and knee pain may be the first symptom. Other serious joint conditions that also need medical attention includes rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. However, these conditions are not the only cause of knee pain.
In acute cases, knee pain may be due to joint injury, muscle strain or sprained ligaments and simple measures at home may be sufficient to manage the pain. Acute cases often resolve on their own in time. It is important to reduce the strain on the joint and allow the knee to heal properly to ensure that an acute injury does not lead to chronic problems.