What Kind of Knee Problem Do You Have? Check your Symptoms!

Different location of knee pain graphic

Does your knee hurt after a run or other workout? It’s not always runner’s knee; you may be suffering from jumper’s knee or pes anserinus syndrome. Here you will find an overview of the three most common problems and what you can do about them.

3 common knee problems:

Knee pain location graphic

1. Where does it hurt?

Runner's Knee where the pain is located
Runner’s knee:

If it hurts on the outside of the knee and extends toward the hip, it is runner’s knee.

Jumper's Knee pain location

Jumper’s knee:

Isolated pain in the front of the knee on the lower pole of the patella is also called “patellar tendinopathy” (jumper’s knee).

Pes Anserinus pain location

Pes anserinus syndrome:

If pain develops on the inner side of the shinbone directly below the knee joint, it is most likely pes anserinus syndrome.

2. Which sport do you do?

In order to diagnose which knee problem you suffer from, it is important to look at how you workout. All three knee problems can, indeed, develop in any sport. However, jumper’s knee – as the name suggests – is more common among athletes who do sports involving jumping (e.g. volleyball) or stop-and-go movements (e.g. tennis, soccer). Runner’s knee and pes anserinus syndrome, on the other hand, usually appear in runners.

3. Is your knee tender to the touch?

Tenderness is present in all three conditions:

  • With runner’s knee the tenderness is on the outer side of the knee joint.
  • With jumper’s knee the tenderness can be felt in one spot directly on the patellar pole.
  • With pes anserinus syndrome there is tenderness below the inner side of the knee joint.

4. What can I do about the pain in my knee?

Treatment is necessary in all three conditions: ice and rest your knee! Avoid jumping or impact activities.

Tips & helpful exercises:

Foam rolling exercises and stretching can help. If you suffer from runner’s knee, jumper’s knee or pes anserinus syndrome, you can find helpful exercises and tips in the respective blog posts.

In a nutshell, these three knee problems can usually be distinguished by the location of the pain. The type of sport you do can also provide helpful information. If the condition does not improve after treating it at home, you should definitely consult a medical professional for a clear diagnosis and additional treatment advice.

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Dr. Matthias Kirchmayr Dr. Matthias Kirchmayr is a general practitioner who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. He mainly works according to the fascia distortion model. View all posts by Dr. Matthias Kirchmayr »

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