What should I do about recurring knee pain and weakness in a 21 year old?Sport Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Health & Fitness
Hi Doctors, I'm a 21 year old male with recurring knee pain and weakness for about 1 year now. I have problems walking down steps and walking fast / running. I experience sharp pain around my knees when I try to do so. My legs feel weak in general and I walk at a very slow pace. What are possible causes, and what should I do next?
Thanks you for your question and sorry to hear about your knee pain. There are many different causes for knee pain but a common problem in your age is something called patella-femoral pain syndrome. This is usually from a relative muscle imbalance and hence the phenomenon of mal-tracking and pain.
In general this can be resolved with rehabilitation - but it would be important for you to seek a formal assessment with investigations if appropriate.
I would suggest visiting a Sports/MSK physician or physiotherapist in the first instance. They can evaluate your knee and advise accordingly. Of course there maybe other causes that are uncovered during your consultation.
I hope this helps.
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