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Knee Pain at Rest and While Walking

Knee pain at rest and while walking can be a concerning symptom affecting many individuals, particularly as they age or due to previous injuries. This

17 de June de 2024
Written by:
Dr. Pablo Gelber

Knee pain at rest and while walking can be a concerning symptom affecting many individuals, particularly as they age or due to previous injuries. This condition not only limits mobility but also causes persistent discomfort that can be debilitating.

In this article, we will explore in detail the various underlying causes of knee pain, from osteoarthritis to acute injuries and inflammatory conditions. Understanding these reasons is essential for developing effective treatment strategies that not only relieve pain but also restore joint functionality. For personalized guidance, please contact Dr. Pablo Gelber‘s clinic.

Causes of Knee Pain at Rest and While Walking

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, can cause knee pain both at rest and while walking. Inflammation and the wear and tear of the articular cartilage contribute to this pain.
  • Injuries: Acute injuries such as meniscus tears, ligament injuries, or fractures can cause knee pain, especially when walking. Poorly healed previous injuries can also be a cause.
  • Overuse: Repetitive or high-impact activities can lead to overloading the knee structures, resulting in pain while walking and sometimes even at rest.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs that lubricate the joints) can cause knee pain, often worsening with activity.
  • Chondromalacia Patellae: The softening and breakdown of the cartilage underneath the kneecap can cause knee pain, especially when walking downhill or climbing stairs.
  • Gout: The accumulation of uric acid crystals in the knee joint can cause sudden and intense pain both at rest and while walking.
  • Other Conditions: Infections, bone tumors, vascular problems, and other less common conditions can also cause knee pain.


  • Pain at Rest: Can range from mild to severe and may be accompanied by a feeling of stiffness.
  • Pain While Walking: Can be constant or intermittent, worsen when climbing or descending stairs, and limit mobility.
  • Inflammation: The knee may feel swollen and warm to the touch.
  • Stiffness: Especially after prolonged periods of rest.
  • Sounds: Clicking, popping, or a sensation of locking in the knee.


  • Physical Examination: The doctor will evaluate the knee at rest and in motion to detect inflammation, deformities, or limited range of motion.
  • X-rays: To assess the condition of the cartilage and bones in the knee.
  • MRI or Ultrasound: To examine soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
  • Synovial Fluid Analysis: To detect signs of inflammation or infection.


  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve stability.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Losing weight, avoiding activities that worsen the pain, and wearing appropriate footwear.
  • Surgery: In severe cases or when other treatments have not been successful, surgical repair or replacement of the knee may be necessary.


  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Regular exercise to strengthen leg muscles and maintain flexibility.
  • Avoid overuse and excessive use of the knee in high-impact activities.

Medical Consultation

If you experience continuous knee pain, both at rest and while walking, it is essential to see a doctor. A correct diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan can alleviate pain and prevent future complications.

Additionally, we emphasize the importance of seeking medical attention as soon as possible and obtaining an accurate diagnosis to ensure personalized treatment that meets each patient’s specific needs. For professional advice, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Pablo Gelber.

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