Pain at back of knee joint

Posterior knee pain is pain at the pain at back of knee joint of the knee. View knee injuries causing back of knee pain.

Below we outline the most common causes of pain at the back of the knee, less common causes as well as important conditions and injuries that should not be missed. Gastrocnemius tendinopathy or tendinitis is inflammation or degeneration of the tendon of the calf muscle causing pain at the back of the knee. This is an overuse injury which is more common in runners and sprinters. The biceps femoris tendon is one of the hamstring muscle tendons. Injury to this tendon causes pain at the outside, back of the knee.

A Baker’s Cyst or Popliteal cyst is a prominent swelling at the back of the knee. It is usually caused by an underlying injury or condition in the knee joint. Tennis leg is a general term used to describe pain in the leg caused by a tear of the inner head of the big calf muscle, the plantaris muscle or sometimes both. Posterolateral corner injuries cause pain at the back and outside of the knee. They are not particularly common injuries, although around half of cases occur due to sporting injuries, with road traffic accidents being another common cause. The Popliteus is a small muscle located at the back of the knee joint.