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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to knee pain, including general, anterior, lateral, medial, and posterior knee pain. Local causes of knee pain are defined as pathology occurring in the musculoskeletal, nervous, and vascular structures of the knee joint, between the midthigh and proximal one-third of the lower leg. Remote causes occur outside this area.

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Special Concerns

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  • Decreased distal pulses

  • Inability to bear weight

  • Skin break and fever

  • Warmth and swelling associated with a fever

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Knee Pain

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