What’s Causing Pain in the Back of My Knee?

Meniscus tear

The meniscus, a piece of cartilage between the knee joint, stabilizes and cushions your knee joint. There are two menisci in each of your knees — one on either side of the knee. Tears and injuries to the meniscus are common among athletes when they twist or squat the knee. Your meniscus degenerates and weakens as you get older and is more likely to tear or get injured with any twisting motion.

You might hear a popping sound as your meniscus gets a tear. At first, the injury might sound mild and doesn’t cause any hurt. However, after you resume physical activities or walk on it for a few days, it may cause symptoms such as;

  • Pain in the back of the knee
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Locking of the knee

Rice (Rest, ice, compression and elevation) of the affected leg can help ease the pain, alleviate the associated symptoms, and allow fast healing. You might need medical or surgical intervention if the tear doesn’t improve on its own.

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