Knee joint stiff and painful.

Question

I am 34 yrs old. It started about 3 months ago. My right knee felt stiff and swelled up. It was tender and when pressed was painful. I had and continue to have difficulties, walking or driving. My right knee joint is always painful and stiff. I have not seen any doctor yet. Please advise.

Answer

There are many causes of acute monoarthritis (affecting only 1 joint) in a young person.  Many of these are transient, but given your symptoms it is impossible to know for sure.  An evaluation by a physician is certainly warranted

Jon Giles, MD

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