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What causes hip and knee joint pain in someone who is in their early 20s?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Lots of causes.

The pain can originate in any of the structures in or around those joints, or even from systemic disorders, and it's difficult to diagnose without an evaluation from a physician.
Causes can include sprains, strains, muscle spasms, tendinitis, joint inflammation, etc. Best thing to do is see the doctor.

In brief: Lots of causes.

The pain can originate in any of the structures in or around those joints, or even from systemic disorders, and it's difficult to diagnose without an evaluation from a physician.
Causes can include sprains, strains, muscle spasms, tendinitis, joint inflammation, etc. Best thing to do is see the doctor.
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usually your muscles

Most often at that age, mechanical strains and related conditions (it band, patellofemoral syndrome, muscle pulls etc) are to blame, particularly in patients with high loads, eg athletes, the obese.
Much more rare are rheumatologic or serious orthopedic conditions. These problems are much easier to diagnose through examination; a good primary or sports med provider should be able to sort it out.

In brief: Usually your muscles

Most often at that age, mechanical strains and related conditions (it band, patellofemoral syndrome, muscle pulls etc) are to blame, particularly in patients with high loads, eg athletes, the obese.
Much more rare are rheumatologic or serious orthopedic conditions. These problems are much easier to diagnose through examination; a good primary or sports med provider should be able to sort it out.
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many possibilities

Being overweight, out of shape, or wearing shoes with the wrong type of support for your feet, size and activity level are common reasons @ 20.
Being unbalanced because of mild scoliosis or bone length differences is not unusual. Things that make joints hurt from swelling(from a little to a lot) include thyroid disease, drugs/supplements, lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis & more. Best to see md.

In brief: Many possibilities

Being overweight, out of shape, or wearing shoes with the wrong type of support for your feet, size and activity level are common reasons @ 20.
Being unbalanced because of mild scoliosis or bone length differences is not unusual. Things that make joints hurt from swelling(from a little to a lot) include thyroid disease, drugs/supplements, lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis & more. Best to see md.
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

I always check the feet and gait at that age when both sides of hips and knees are bothersome.
Usually i find the problem there. If the problem is only on one side then i look for some othe cause like a muscle or ligament problem

In brief: Depends

I always check the feet and gait at that age when both sides of hips and knees are bothersome.
Usually i find the problem there. If the problem is only on one side then i look for some othe cause like a muscle or ligament problem
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. David Liu
it would be also good to see if you may have different length legs. this is not uncommon, and could result in hip and knee joint pain. see your provider and discuss it with him or her.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If you are having a foot or ankle problem it will affect your knee and eventually your hip.
If your legs are of different lengths you can experience this kind of pain from your gait abnormality that would result that you could be unaware of. I would visit your doctor and try to find out more.

In brief: Depends

If you are having a foot or ankle problem it will affect your knee and eventually your hip.
If your legs are of different lengths you can experience this kind of pain from your gait abnormality that would result that you could be unaware of. I would visit your doctor and try to find out more.
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