Pain in the sides of the knee is characteristic of several conditions involving structural problems. Iliotibial band friction syndrome, sometimes referred to as "runner′s knee," is focused on the outer area of the knee.
The ability to see the dislocated kneecap as a lump on the side of the knee and the severe pain of the condition make kneecap dislocation, or displacement, easily identifiable. It occurs in those who have congenital knee deformities that make them prone to dislocation (some can dislocate their kneecaps with their hands), and it happens in patients with chondromalacia.
A pinched nerve in the back develops when too much direct pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons.
In a treatment program, a physician must also be sure that pain is coming from the knee. In children and adults, pain in the knee can be associated with low back problems such as herniated disks, hip problems such as arthritis, or a slipped growth plate (capital femoral epiphysis) in the child.
Osteoarthritis develops in the knee when the cartilage begins to wear down due to aging or injury. As the cartilage in the knee thins, it gives way for the bones to grind together which causes the patient pain.
Chronic pain affects the daily lives of millions of Americans. It is defined as constant pain that last over several months. The pain varies in each person from minor pain to pain so severe it interferes with the person’s ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis.
There are essentially three main types of fractures. The first is traumatic fracture from a definite injury. Patients always ask if the bone is cracked, broken, or fractured. If I say the bone is fractured, many times a patient will say, "Oh, thank goodness. I′m glad it wasn′t broken." In reality, there is no reason for relief.