Updated 04 November 2016

Symptoms of knee pain

The knee joint has many structures which therefore equals a wide range of symptoms.

It is also a large weight-bearing joint, and much used in normal living activities and in sport. It is thus subject to a large range of possible injuries and disorders.

Conditions causing knee pain can conveniently be divided into acute and chronic.

The pain itself can take many forms depending on what caused it.

This can range from sudden sharp pains when moving the knee to dull aches that last for several months.

Explaining the kind of pain to your doctor in as much details as possible should help them to correctly diagnose your problem.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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