Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions — including arthritis, gout and infections — also can cause knee pain.
Knee pain usually results from overuse, poor form during physical activity, not warming up or cooling down, or inadequate stretching.
Simple causes of knee pain often clear up on their own with self care. Being overweight can put you at greater risk for knee problems.
Many causes of knee pain, especially those related to overuse or physical activity, respond well to self-care: