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Pain in One Knee Overview

Another name for Pain in One Knee is Knee Pain.

What is knee pain?
A person with knee pain has discomfort in the structures of the knee. Knee pain may be due to injury, inflammation or infection. The causes of knee pain can vary according to age. For example, knee pain in a teenager may be caused by Osgood Schlatter disease, while knee pain in an elderly person may have knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Symptoms that occur with knee pain include knee swelling, knee tenderness, and bruising of the knee. Additional symptoms that may occur with knee pain include fever, severe knee pain, and redness of the skin overlying the knee joint.

How does the doctor treat knee pain?
Treatment for knee pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for knee pain may include antibiotics, crutches, and an elastic wrap to the knee.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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