Knee pain can be a chronic nuisance if its cause is not properly identified.
Often the root of the problem involves adjoining body parts.
The knee is the largest joint in the body, and it absorbs a lot of shock and stress from the legs, along with the hips and back. All of these lower body parts function in concert with one another, and pain in one area can be a result of injury or overuse of a different area.
Alternatively, knee pain could be a result of degenerative conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis, with symptoms that become more acute with age. A full analysis of your gait and pain experience is necessary to determine the root cause of the problem.
Whether your knee pain is from overuse, injury or a progressive disease, strengthening the muscles around the joint is usually the key to treating and preventing the problem, along with determining its cause.