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Back of Knee Pain

Posterior knee pain, also called back of knee pain, is less common than other types of knee problems. It may occur suddenly, or it may develop gradually over time

Understanding Back Of Knee Pain


Back of Knee Pain Causes

  • A sudden injury to the hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh can cause an acute behind the knee pain. This group of large muscles is attached to the back of the knee by tendons that may get sprained or torn during intense sports activities. Another muscle, called the popliteus, is a small muscle that can also be involved, producing pain behind the knee when bending against resistance.
  • Chronic overuse of the muscles and tendons used for running can also lead to damage, causing tendonitis. Behind the knee pain from tendonitis is common among runners and other athletes who do repetitive act
  • Some athletes also experience knee popping and pain behind the knees. This may be due to a meniscal tear, which involves the cartilage lining the inner knee joint.
  • Chronic damage to the cartilages that protect the surfaces of the bones in the joint can lead to arthritis with knee pain symptoms at the back of the knee. Knee pain, stiffness and swelling are common symptoms.
  • Inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-containing sac) at the posterior portion of the knee causes a Baker’s cyst to develop. This appears like a water balloon and causes knee pain and swelling behind the knee.


Best Treatment for Knee Pain

Simple home treatment for knee pain consists of RICE therapy (rest, ice application, compression and elevation of the leg). However, if you experience persistent knee pain that is not relieved, even with anti-inflammatory knee pain medications, seek other knee pain treatment options such as chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help fix knee pain problems and get you back on your feet in no time.



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