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What is knee pain?

Knee pain is common and can happen to anyone – particularly if you’re an active person.

Knee pain causes

While knee pain can be a symptom of many different conditions, you may experience knee pain after overstretching, overusing or twisting, often during exercise.1

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Knee pain types

Knee pain falls into two categories: pain after injury, and pain where there’s no obvious injury.1

Knee pain symptoms

You may experience knee pain after overstretching, overusing or twisting your knee, often during exercise. You might feel this pain between your kneecap and shin – called tendonitis – especially if you’ve been doing repetitive running or jumping. If you have damaged the cartilage in your knee it could feel unstable, give way when you try to stand, or you might be unable to straighten it.

If there has been no obvious injury to the knee then the pain, stiffness or swelling could be due to other causes, such as osteoarthritis or gout.1

Knee pain relief

In most cases you will be able to easily treat your knee pain at home. The first thing to do is try put as little weight as possible on the knee that’s causing you pain and, if you can, avoid standing for too long. Using an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) on your knee for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours, should also help to relieve your discomfort.1

For knee pain relief try Solpadeine Plus or Solpadeine Max. If the pain is bad or lasts a long time, ask your pharmacist for more advice and see your doctor.

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1. NHS: Knee pain. Available at: Accessed July 2021.

Find out more about other pain types

Select a type of pain to read about causes, what you can do to help relieve it, and which treatments are most appropriate.

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SolpaOne® 1000mg Effervescent Tablets contains paracetamol. For the treatment of mild to moderate pain and/or fever. For adults and adolescents over 50kg of body weight aged 16 years and above. Always read the leaflet.

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