Knee Pain (cont.)

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What is the outlook (prognosis) for knee pain?

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The outlook for an individual with knee pain depends on the particular cause of the pain. For examples, knee pain caused by degenerative cartilage can be chronic, while knee pain from injury sometimes resolves completely with appropriate treatment.

Can knee pain be prevented?

Knee pain can be prevented only to the extent that injuries can sometimes be avoided. Underlying diseases that cause knee pain can be treated after diagnosis.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2013

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