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Why are my knee caps in pain?

I’m 36yo, relatively active. Recently when I jogged, I experienced pain in both knee caps. The left too and the right outer side. The pain was rather sudden even though there wasn’t any fall or impact. I had the pain b4 on my left but not right. Could it be the alignment of my legs as I felt my legs are slightly bend. Would glucosamine help with the pain? Any long term solution? Should I see an ortho doc? 

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Dr. Ken J T
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Hi Michuang,

Thanks for your query. Kneecap pain is very common in active young people and tends to affect ladies quite commonly too. It’s usually due to increased pressure on the kneecap cartilage as well as slight mal-alignment of the kneecaps. Sometimes, an area of cartilage damage can occur too, and this tends to lead to increased fluid swelling in the knee. From your picture, the knee looks swollen so it might be good to get it checked out at an orthopedic/sports clinic. Generally so long as the cartilage damage is not too bad, treatment will involve some physiotherapy and perhaps some reduction in your jogging for a while. Glucosamine and collagen are common supplements that are taken and you can certainly take some if you like too.

Hope that helps!
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