Do you suffer from Pain in the Rear of the Knee?

Knee pain that occurs in the rear of the knee can be caused by many different conditions. Certain physical activities may make you more susceptible to knee pain. Like many pains, it may be caused by a disorder or injury located in a different part of the body.

Understanding the pain you feel

It is important to take pain at the rear of the knee seriously. It could be more serious than a simple strain. It could be the first signs of an arthritic condition that has finally manifested itself. Injury to cartilage may start as a slight discomfort at the rear of the knee. It is often the result of overuse, not warming up or cooling down when exercising, or not stretching muscles after exercise.

Possible Causes of Sudden Severe Muscle Pain

The pain you feel at the rear of the knee may be accompanied by inflammation caused by arthritis. It could be bursitis brought on by repeated pressure on the knee such as kneeling for long periods of time. This is a common injury sustained by people in certain construction professions. It could also be caused by a sudden twist, or a twisting to an unnatural position. Other causes include:

  • Knee injury
  • Torn ligament
  • Torn cartilage
  • Dislocation of the knee

What can you do to ease the pain?

You should rest your knee and avoid activities that aggravate the pain in the rear part of the knee. You may apply ice for 15 minutes per hour for 4 hours on the first day that the pain starts. Keep your knee elevated if you have swelling. Wearing a brace purchased at athletic stores or pharmacies may give you some relief. Take over the counter pain medication as directed. Call your health care provider if:

  • You cannot put any weight on your knee
  • The pain in the rear of your knee is severe
  • You hear a loud click when you bend your knee
  • You still have pain after 3 days

Preparing to Discuss your Symptoms with your Health Care Professional

To help diagnose the cause of the pain at the rear of your knee, you may be asked some of the following questions:

  • When did the knee pain start?
  • Have you ever had knee pain before?
  • Do you feel the pain all the time or just occasionally?
  • Is the pain severe?
  • Does the area feel bruised or sore?
  • Describe the activity that you think may have caused the injury?

Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.