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Knee Pain Location Chart

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Last updated: 28/09/2023


by James McCormack

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A Knee Pain Location Chart can help clinicians and patients with the differential diagnosis of knee pain, but remember that pain location does not always represent its source. If you have knee pain, we recommend a consultation with a healthcare professional to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment, 

Our knee pain location charts have been created by a knee pain expert, James McCormack, who has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all conditions in this article.

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Knee Pain Location Chart Picture Diagram

Anterior Knee Pain Location Chart

Front of Knee Pain Location Chart

Back of Knee Pain Location Chart

Back Knee Pain Location Chart

Inner Knee Pain Location Chart

Inner Knee Pain Location Chart

Outer Knee Pain Location Chart

Outer Knee Pain Location Chart

  • Above the knee joint line: pain on the outside of the knee can be related to iliotibial band pain syndrome, and this is felt above the joint line into the outer side of the thigh, but can sometimes continue along the outside of the knee to just below the joint line.
  • At the knee joint line: injury to the lateral meniscus or lateral collateral ligament will be felt along the joint line of the knee.
  • Below the knee joint line: a calf injury can be felt on the outside of the knee, but located to the back and below the joint line.
  • Quadriceps tendinopathy can sometimes be described as being on the outside of the knee but is usually more focused at the front of the knee at the superior pole of the patella.


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James McCormack is a foot and ankle specialist who created all of these knee pain location charts, which are copyrighted. Please do not reshare these images without crediting them.

This article is not a replacement for medical advice, and we recommend consulting with a medical professional such as James McCormack if you have knee pain. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly or face-to-face appointments in his Fulham clinic.

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