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Outer Side (Lateral) of the Knee Pain


The two most common causes of knee pain in the outer (lateral) side of the knee are:

1. Iliotibial Band Syndrome (I.T.B.)

The pain that is experienced with this condition is located on the outer aspect of the knee. It is not a pain felt within the joint, as it does not affect the knee joint itself. If you flex the knee about 30 degrees and experience pain when you apply pressure to the outside of the knee with your fingers, you may have Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Another test for this problem is: if walking stiff-legged (not bending the knee) produces no pain, but walking normally (bending the knee) does produce pain, then you may have Iliotibial Band Syndrome.

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2. Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury

Injury to the LCL is relatively rare. This injury is the result of acute trauma to the inner aspect of the knee. The symptoms one may experience with a LCL injury include:

1. a "pop" or "snap" may be felt at the time of the injury
2. immediate pain is usually experienced in the outer aspect of the knee
3. the outer aspect of the knee becomes swollen
4. an "unstable" feeling in the knee with certain movements
5. later, a "stiffness" in the outer aspect of the knee is noticed

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