A pain scale is a way for you to measure your pain and keep track of
what works best to control it. Most pain scales use numbers from 0 to 10: 0
means no pain and 10 means the worst pain you have known or felt. Use the list
below to find the number that best describes your pain.
0 = No pain
1 to 5 = Mild
6 to 7 = Moderate pain
8 to 9 = Severe
10 = Worst pain possible
Knee pain and tenderness is often caused by increased activity or
overuse. You can sometimes relieve the pain by resting and using home
As the name suggests, runner's knee is a common ailment among runners. But it can also strike any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending -- like walking, biking, and jumping. It usually causes aching pain around the kneecap.
Runner's knee isn't really a condition itself. It's a loose term for several specific disorders with different causes. Runner's knee can result from:
Overuse. Repeated bending of the knee can irritate the nerves of the kneecap. Overstretched...
Injuries can cause of knee pain. You may not remember the injury if
your symptoms began gradually or during everyday activities.
Acute injuries such as
tears in the meniscus,
dislocations may be caused by a direct blow to the
knee or from twisting or bending the knee abnormally. You may have sudden,
severe knee pain and bruising and swelling may develop quickly. Your knee or
lower leg may feel numb, tingly, weak, or cold or may look pale or blue if
nerves or blood vessels have been injured or pinched during the injury.
Pain that is not caused by a direct injury may occur in or around
(degenerative joint disease) may cause knee pain that is worse in the morning
and improves during the day. It often develops at the site of a previous
injury. Other types of arthritis, such as
lupus, also can cause knee pain, swelling, and
Osgood-Schlatter disease causes pain,
swelling, and tenderness in the front of the knee below the kneecap. It is
especially common in boys ages 11 to 15.