Knee problems

An older man holding his knee

Knee problems are common. They are normally caused by injury or normal wear and tear and usually settle down within six weeks. As you get older, normal wear and tear can cause your knee problem to flare-up now and again, often for no reason.

If you require more in depth information on knee injuries, you can click on the relevant links in the 'Health A-Z articles' side panel. If you are worried about any of the information contained within the NHS inform Health A-Z, you can discuss it with a healthcare professional.

The PDF in the 'Self Management Advice' panel can be downloaded or printed for anyone who has knee problems.

Facts and figures

  • One in three teenagers have knee problems at some point.
  • Osteoarthritis, normal wear and tear of the knee is very common as you get older. This can cause pain and stiffness in your knee.

Further information

Health A-Z Articles

Find out more about the symptoms and causes of knee specific musculoskeletal disorders and the treatments available.

Self Management Advice

This leaflet provides a summary of information to help with the self management of knee disorders.

Knee problems PDF (473 KB)

Physio exercises PDF 

Last updated: 27 May 2015