I am sorry to hear about your knee pain. It sounds like it is having a significant impact on your quality of life. In order to determine the specific cause of your symptoms, it will be necessary to fully review your medical history and perform a detailed physical exam. You may also need additional tests, such as an x-ray
. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon
. After reviewing this additional information, the surgeon can make recommendations on the next most appropriate steps.
There are multiple structures in the knee that can cause pain. You may have suffered damage to the meniscus, or piece of cartilage that cushions the joint. There are multiple bursa, or fluid filled sacs that provide cushioning, in the joint, and inflammation of any one of these can cause pain. Damage to one of the knee's ligaments, including the ACL, MCL, or PCL, can cause pain. You may be suffering from early osteoarthritis. Other syndromes such as iliotibial band syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome can cause knee pain. It is not possible to determine the cause of your pain without a detailed physical exam. I strongly encourage you to raise these concerns with an orthopedic surgeon.