Pain in side of the knee



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Pain on the outside part of the knee:

This is known as the lateral part of the knee.

The joint line is where the femur meets the tibia. Pain at the joint line may mean a tear in the cartilage ring called the meniscus or a tear/sprain of the lateral collateral ligament.

Pain above the joint line may mean problems with either the kneecap (patella), the lateral collateral ligament ( LCL), or strain involving the joint capsule. Pain on the outside of the knee can also be due to arthritis. Another possible cause of pain is tendonitis involving the iliotibial band which is a tendon bundle that courses from the lateral hip to the outside part of the knee. This problem often affects runners. Bursitis may also occur in this area.


Pain on the inside part of the knee:

This side is known as the medial side of the knee. This area can be divided into three major areas. The first is the spot where the femur meets the tibia. Pain at the joint line may mean a tear in the meniscus. Because the collateral ligament is attached to the medial meniscus, pain could mean an injury to the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Pain on the inside of the knee can also be due to arthritis.

Pain above the joint line may mean an injury to the collateral ligament or an injury to the joint capsule.

Pain just below the joint line may indicate bursitis at an area where three tendons come together to attach to the shinbone called the pes anserine bursa (anserine bursitis).

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