What's Causing My Constant Knee Pain?

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 09:47 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am 35 years old and have pains in my knees. I can't bend or squat, and even getting up from a low seat causes me pain. What could be causing this and what can I do about it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Pain in large joints may be related to prior overuse, bursitis, inflammation, or other conditions such as gout, autoimmune disorders, or even STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). But the most common cause of joint pain is osteoarthritis.
 
You will need to be examined by your physician to identify the problem and come up with a treatment plan. Most people will start with Tylenol — 500 milligrams, three to four times a day — and then seek prescription pain management, if your symptoms don't improve after a week.
 
Osteoarthritis doesn't usually develop until later in life, but some premature cases occur when people are in their 30s. Usually a simple blood test can be used to diagnose the condition, although an MRI is sometimes required.

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