Why do I have knee pain?

Knee pain can affect us at any point in life and usually has a simple explanation that may be resolved with rest at home. Typical causes of knee pain often stem from injuries, such as sprains or strain in the muscles around the knee joint but can sometimes be an indicator of a more serious condition requiring treatment.

The Horder Centre is a nationally recognised, ‘Outstanding’-rated orthopaedic hospital. Our consultants specialise in the treatment of conditions affecting your bones, joints and soft tissue. We’ve outlined some of the different types of knee pain or symptoms you might experience in the infographic below.

Please note that this infographic is for informational purposes only and should not serve as a diagnostic tool.


  • If your knee pain lasts longer than a few days and cannot be treated at home, or you can no longer move it, see a GP as soon as you can
  • A very stiff knee joint could be a sign of osteoarthritis
  • A knee that gives way could suggest a torn ligament or cartilage damage
  • Sudden, very severe pain can be a symptom of gout or infection
  • Changes to the appearance of your kneecap may indicate dislocation
  • If in doubt about the potential cause of your knee pain, you should always consult your doctor or call 111 for advice.

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