Knee Pain Diagnosis Chart

Knee Pain Diagnosis Chart

A chart showing diagnosis of various knee pain conditions from all sides of the knee can be really helpful when it comes to understanding what’s causing pain in your knee. Numerous structures can cause pain in and around the knee. Self-diagnosing knee pain accurately becomes easier when you know what usually causes pain in each area of the knee.

Front Knee Pain Diagnosis Chart

Front Knee Pain Diagnosis Chart
Front Knee Pain Diagnosis Chart

Here is a knee pain diagnosis chart that focuses on the pain at the front of the knee. A second image, further down, focuses on the problem in the posterior side of the knee.

A. Yellow:- (Pain Above the Knee Cap)

  • Quardriceps Tendenopathy: This pain can be due to quadriceps tendinopathy. This condition damages the quadriceps tendon and causes pain typically above the kneecap.

B. Red:- (Pain At The Kneecap)

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: This knee pain condition develops when there is a damage to the kneecap moves or a problem with how it moves.
  • Chondromalacia Patella: It commonly occurs in healthy people under 40 can damage the cartilage present at the back of the kneecap.
  • Arthritis: Various types of arthritis can cause pain in this region. It usually develops due to degeneration or wear and tear of the knee cartilages and bones.

C . Blue:- (Outer Knee Pain)

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Most commonly, pain in this region is secondary to iliotibial band syndrome. It occurs due to irritation of the thick, soft tissue band that runs from the outer leg to the knee.
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury: LCL injury typically occurs after tearing or overstretching of the LCL. It causes severe pain on the lateral side of the knee.
  • Lateral Meniscus Tears: Damage to the knee cartilage (lateral portion) can cause lateral meniscus tears. It usually develops after trauma and makes it difficult to straighten the leg.