How To Relieve Back Of Knee Pain

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Knee joints are the biggest joints in the human body, and they’re one of the most injury-prone joints. There are different types of pain, depending on your injury. Read on to learn more about different types of ‘back of knee’ pains.


Back of Knee Pain and Its Causes

Knee joints consist of 4 bones; the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella, which can get dislocated, fractured, etc. Back of knee pain, also known as Posterior Knee Pain, can be seen in different situations. Here are the 6 most common causes of back of knee pain and how to deal with them.


There are many types of arthritis, but the two most common knee arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can be seen in anyone regardless of their age. It’s an autoimmune disease that affects the whole body. Osteoarthritis is a condition that progressively causes damage.

Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, locking of the knee, cracking sounds, and limited physical activity.

Available treatment options include;

  • Acupuncture
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Hot or cold pad application
  • Weight management
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Medical surgery

If the symptoms are getting worse and affecting your daily life more, we highly recommend you to see a doctor.

Meniscus Tear back of knee pain

man having meniscus tear with white background | Meniscus Tear

The meniscus is a cartilage that is on the top of your knee. Moving, twisting, or bending too suddenly can cause you to tear this cartilage. You might hear a popping sound from your knee, followed by a gradually increasing pain. Other symptoms of a meniscus tear are inflammation, limited physical activity, and locking up of the knee.

Available treatments include

  • Inflammatory drugs
  • Wearing knee braces
  • In severe cases, surgery.

ACL Injuries back of knee pain

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in the knee. An ACL injury the tearing or the spraining of this ligament. Symptoms include; a popping sense in the knee, fast and visible swelling, loss of motion, or not being able to stand and severe pain.

ACL injuries are mostly seen in sports that require sudden stops, jumps, and landings such as soccer, basketball, skiing, etc.

ACL injuries are serious injuries that require surgery.

PCL Injuries

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is a ligament that is similar to ACL, but it is known to be stronger than ACL. A forceful impact to the knee usually causes PCL injuries while it’s bent. Falling on your knees while bent or hitting your knee solidly against a tough surface can cause the tearing of PCL. Symptoms include swelling, pain, not being able to stand or walk.

Athletes who practice football, soccer, baseball, or skiing have a higher risk of suffering from PCL injuries.

Available treatments are;

  • Wearing knee braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery.

Hamstring Injury

a young woman having hamstring injury | Hamstring Injury

Hamstring injury is the tearing or straining of hamstring muscles that run down from the bottom of the hips to the thighs and across the knees. It is often seen in athletes or those who participate in physical activities that require sprinting because if the hamstring muscles are overly stretched, they are easily strained.

Symptoms of hamstring injury include pain, swelling, not being able to move the knee or having intense pain while moving, pain that goes up to pelvis, and hips.

Available treatment options are;

  • Massaging the injured area
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching
  • Resting, Icing, Compressing and Elevating (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
    – Surgery

Available treatment options given in this article are not all home remedies. We highly recommend our readers to consult a doctor before using a medication.

With the information given in this article, you can now observe the pain you experience and try to relieve it at home. Back of knee pains are often caused by not warming up before being physically active, so we recommend our readers to take 5-10 minutes to do stretches on a daily basis, even if you’re not working out.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section! How do you relieve the back of knee pain?


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