Posterior knee pain or pain in the back area of the knee could affect to any body including you. This knee pain is not only specific to athletes, but a regular person with regular activities may also experience this type of knee pain. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the condition may caused by repetitive and prolong overstress injuries of your knee, traumatic injuries and poor body mechanics during any movement. Some of this type of aggravate pain will heal with the time while the other will need specific treatment by a health care professional.
There are several conditions that can trigger the development of posterior knee pain which are tendon or hamstring injury, baker’s cyst, ligament damage, inflammation, tumor or cancer, blood clot, knee bone fracture, osteoarthritis, plantaris tear and popliteus tear. Below are detail explanations about some of them.
Common causes of posterior knee pain
1. Baker’s cyst. This baker’s cyst also known as popliteal cyst, is a bulge that caused by a fluid-filled cyst on the knee. The posterior knee pain caused by this condition can be worst by extending and flexing activity. Someone who has baker’s cyst will experience knee pain and stiffness, swelling, and posterior knee mass.
2. Tendon or hamstring injury. Pain on your posterior knee can be caused by hamstring ruptured. The hamstring muscle that including the biceps femoris, the semimembranosus and the semitendinosus, which are inserted at the back of your knee through your tendons. You will experience a pain on your knee posterior once these tendons torn or ripped.
3. Blood clots. Once you have a blood cloth that occurs in a vein in the calf muscle area it can cause pain on the knee.
4. Ligamen damage. If yours posterior cruciate ligament that located on the posterior femur or drawer injury your knee will unstable and a severe condition lead to the knee pain.
Common symptoms of posterior knee problem
Someone with posterior problems as stated above will has several symptoms and signs. First common sign is swelling. This swelling ranges from mild to severe and need to treat by medical expert. If the swollen is red and feel hot, both the knee and ankle are swollen than it should get medical treatment as soon as possible.
Other symptom of the posterior knee pain is knee joint locking, the knee gets stuck in one position and it won’t move. The knee locking is commonly caused by cartilage damage. An expert is needed to handle and heal the knee locking. Don’t try to fix and forced to break the locking by your self, because any wrong treatment can make the condition worst.