Knee pain can be caused by a sudden injury, an overuse injury, or by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Symptoms of knee injury can include pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain affecting over 100 million Americans. In fact, one-third of all Americans report experiencing knee pain at some time or another.


The symptoms of knee pain can occur in men, women and children, as well as people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. The main risk factor for knee pain is age. As one ages, general wear and tear can cause pain, stiffness and inflammation of the knee. However, people who are overweight are at increased risk, as are athletes and people whose work requires heavy lifting, kneeling or standing for long periods of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have heard that rest is bad for my arthritis?

Well, that depends. Generally speaking, rest is not bad. The important thing with Arthritis is that you don't want to rest too much. The reason why is that rest can actually weaken the muscles and by virtue worsen your joint pain. So a general regimen of exercise can be helpful for your arthritis pain.

What type of exercise do you recommend?

Cardio exercises are among the best exercises for knee pain. These exercises serve to support the knee by strengthening the muscles and increasing overall range of motion and flexibility. Plyometrics, or even generalized stretching can provide much relief as well. Some exercises to try are: walking, swimming, and cycling. Tai Chi and Yoga have shown to help with knee pain as well.

What if I am "sore" after exercising?

For pain caused by exercise, "RICE" is a very helpful passive treatment regimen. "RICE" stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you feel sore after working out, this is your body telling you that it needs some time to repair the muscle fibers that were torn during exercise. Don't worry, this is totally normal! Just rest, put some ice to reduce swelling, wear a compression bandage or brace and keep your knee elevated.