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What Causes Knee Pain?

Knee Pain can be caused by a number of factors.

What is the knee Joint?

The knee is a hinge joint that allows you to straighten and bend your legs.

The knee consists of many ligaments to support the knee joint such as the ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL and Meniscus and supporting muscles.

The most common causes of knee pain are overuse injuries that can occur during a growth spurt or overuse in sports. Another cause can be trauma to the joint, such as a blow to the knee or instability of the knee joint. Underlying conditions can also be a factor, these may include Sinding-Larsen Johansson syndrome, Juvenile arthritis, Osteochondritis Dissecans and Osgood Schlatter's.

When should you get your child's knee pain evaluated?

  • If the pain lasts longer than 2 weeks

  • If the pain affects performance in school or sports

  • If your child is limping as a result of the pain

  • If the pain is preventing your child from participating in sports.

  • If a knee injury occurs


  1. Overuse Injuries: Stretching before and after exercising. Icing the knee after sports.

  2. Osgood-Schlatter's Disease: Stretching before and after exercising. Anti-Inflammatory products may help to reduce the pain.

  3. Trauma: seek medical attention or physiotherapy.

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