Intermittent knee pain while climbing stairs

The intermittent knee pain that occurs when an individual climbs stairs can be linked to various disorders that upset the knee joint. Some of these include  tendonitis affecting one or more of the tendons that support the knee joint as well as prepatellar bursitis, patellofemoral syndrome and chrondomalacia patella. In case the pain becomes chronic or prolonged, it is best to consult a doctor as soon as possible. It is important that you are familiar with the conditions that can cause intermittent knee pain during activity particularly climbing stairs. In doing so, you will know what to do if a family member or colleague at work experiences one of these conditions.


Intermittent knee pain

Tendonitis is considered as a common injury that responds well to rest and application of ice.

If an individual experiences intermittent knee pain while climbing stairs, it can indicate that he/she is developing tendonitis in the knee. Once the condition degrades, other indicators will occur such as swelling and the pain will become continuous.  Tendonitis is considered as a common injury that responds well to rest and application of ice. If you will register for first aid training, you can learn how to effectively use ice on injuries. In most cases, a combination of strength training and regular stretching can support the tendons and muscles of the knee in order to prevent injury.

Prepatellar bursitis

The intermittent knee pain that manifests infrequently when climbing stairs can indicate the beginning of prepatellar bursitis which is the inflammation affecting the bursa that are located in front of the knee cap. The condition can lead to pain during activity such as climbing stairs. As the condition progresses, the knee cap will start to swell quickly and become infected. It is important to rest the affected knee until the pain completely subsides and apply an ice pack to minimize the inflammation. If the symptoms persist, it is best to consult a doctor.

Chondromalacia patella

Chondromalacia patella is commonly called as runner’s knee. If the individual feels intermittent knee pain when ascending stairs, there is a possibility that chondromalacia patella is developing which can be caused by the misalignment of the knee cap. As this condition worsens, the individual will experience swelling in the front of the knee around the knee cap. The tight quadriceps muscles are usually the precursor of the condition. With this in mind, the individual must avoid climbing stairs and perform stretching exercises to help loosen up the quadriceps.

Patellofemoral syndrome

Always remember that climbing up and down the stairs will aggravate patellofemoral syndrome. This condition is characterized by pain on either side of the knee cap. If the condition worsens, the individual will experience a grinding sensation and hear a popping sound in the knee cap while climbing stairs. The affected knee must be allowed to rest and consult a doctor if the pain persists.