Wear and Tear problems
Problems that arise around the knee that are not as a result of acute injuries are often due to "wear and tear" or degenerative conditions. These often first affect people in middle age and may start with only minor problems.
The most common degenerative condition is the degeneration of the lining of the joint or osteoarthritis. However degenerative conditions can occur in many of the structures around the knee such as the patellar tendon and the cartilages ( menisci ).
As the name would suggest the nature of degenerative conditions is generally to worsen unless treated. Specific information regarding degenerative conditions can be found in the pathology section of this website.