Why Does My Knee Hurt On The Inner Side?

Why Does My Knee Hurt On The Inner Side?

Article by Matthew Batch

Why Does My Knee Hurt On The Inner Side?

Medial Knee Pain (Inside) - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Rehab

There are many possible causes of pain on the inner side of the knee. Whilst these are often associated with structures in and around the knee, other areas such as the hip and back can refer pain to this area. Medical conditions that are not musculoskeletal in nature can also produce similar symptoms, which is why it is essential that you receive a professional assessment of your condition!

Some more common causes of pain on the inside of the knee are patellofemoral pain syndrome, medial meniscus pathology, and osteoarthritis.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Abbreviated to “PFPS”, it refers to pain in and around your kneecap. PFPS often develops due to an increase in the forces experienced at the knee beyond those it is accustomed to. This can be due multiple factors including training load, running technique, footwear or muscle strength. Accurate identification of the cause is thereby key to guiding the treatment of PFPS.

More Info: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Medial Meniscus Pathology

Alongside the lateral meniscus, the medial meniscus serves as a shock-absorbing structure between the thigh and shin bones. In younger persons it is typically injured during a single twisting motion of the knee whilst the foot is anchored to the ground. Immediate pain, delayed swelling, as well as clicking or locking of the knee may be present. Degenerative injuries, which occur gradually with repeated trauma over time, are common in older persons and are not always symptomatic. Treatment for each varies from non-operative to surgical depending on the shape and area of meniscus affected.

More info: Knee Meniscus Injury


Colloquially referred to as “OA”, it involves abnormal repair responses of the structures in a joint following acute or repeated injury. This affects not only the cartilage, but the bone beneath, as well as the soft tissues that provide fluid to lubricate the joint. Activity-related joint pain is a key indicator of OA, though other potential causes need to be excluded. Exercise and weight control are recommended for all individuals with OA, whilst pain-relieving medications are prescribed in some instances, and surgery is rare.

More info: Knee Osteoarthritis

Consulting with a PhysioWorks Physiotherapist can ensure that your condition is accurately diagnosed and treated accordingly, so book an appointment and get yourself on the path to recovery today!

More information: Common Knee Injuries

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