It is pretty common to get back of knee pain, aka posterior knee pain. Here we will answer some of the most common questions we get from people regarding what is going on and how to treat it
The main causes of back of knee pain are:
You can find out loads more about each one in the pain behind the knee section.
It is important to diagnose what it causing the pain in the back of your knee correctly before starting treatment. However, treatment will typically be a mixture of exercises, rest, ice, compression, elevation of the knee and sometimes using a knee support. Deep vein thrombosis does require immediate medical attention.
Find out more in the knee pain treatment section
The right treatment for back of knee pain will depend on what is causing the problem and occasionally exercise is not the best option. However, exercises will typically involve strengthening the major muscles in the upper and lower leg (quads, hamstrings and calf muscles) to provide more support to the knee joint and stretches to improve flexibility.
For a whole range of knee exercise programs go to our knee exercises section.
There are a few muscles in the back of the knee.
Find out more about each of these in the knee muscles section and how injuries to them can cause back of knee pain.
With a blood clot in the leg, there is typically redness and warmth but only in one leg. Pulling your toes up towards you will make your pain worse.
The pain from a DVT can come on suddenly or gradually over time, caused by periods of inactivity, obesity, pregnancy or genetics. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect a DVT is causing your back of knee pain.
You can find out loads more about all the different aspects of back of knee pain including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in the pain behind the knee section
Page Last Updated: 10/07/21
Next Review Due: 10/07/23