Knee Pain When Going Up Stairs

Knee Pain When Going Up Stairs

Knee pain is a common problem for the people, starting from the age of thirty. It is a most frustrating and numerous source of pain. When you are walking on a flat floor, you do not feel any pain, but when you step up or down and start any kind of activity by using your knees, you will feel an acute knee pain. With every steps of climbing you may feel more and more pain. There are many reasons behind the pain, so if you want a fight with the pain and want to win the battle, you need to follow a prolonged treatment process. The process of the treatment should base on the root of the reason of knee pain when going up stairs.

Causes of Knee Pain When Going Up Stairs 

  1. Arthritis of the knee pain when going upstairs

There are many forms of arthritis or the knee pain when going up stairs. Osteoarthritis and the autoimmune arthritis are the most common forms among them.


In this type of arthritis, the tissues of the knees are break down and the cartilage bear thin and scratches and also the swelling occur and it increases the pain. The spurs of the bones develop too.

Autoimmune arthritis

When your body attacks itself and harms the major parts of joints and the supporting tissues of the joint like the ligaments, cartilage and synovium, this kind of arthritis occurs. Autoimmune arthritis is more painful and inflammatory than the other one. You will feel warmth, redness and swelling at the joint and knee pain when going upstairs.

Treatment for knee pain when going up stairs 

There are some home remedies for knee pain when going upstairs. These are complete rest, ice and hot water compress and reducing hard physical activities. Pain relievers like Tylenol or naproxen and ibuprofen also very effective. But for an autoimmune arthritis patient, it is strictly preferable to consult a specialist and ask your doctor to modify the immune system of your body.

  1. Patellar Tendinitis with knee pain going upstairs

People, who are participating in some activities like jumping or running, patellar tendinitis is very regular symptom with them. It connects the shin bone from the kneecap. You will face the knee pain when going up stairs or at the time of jumping or walking.

 Treatment of Patellar tendon, a type of knee pain when going up stairs

The treatment of the problem is same as the other type of knee pain when going upstairs. To get a relief from the problem, you need proper rest and also can compress cold or hot water or you can also lift up your painful leg on a pillow or can take a physical therapy. Muscle tightening, extreme kind of exercise, less of physical stipulation is the reason behind the problem.

Bursa sacks

Bursa sacks are a structural base problem, you may find the pain around many joints of your body and that provides the severe ligament and tendons moderation and lubrication.  The result of knee bursitis are some recurrent and rhythmic activities, trauma and squatting, kneeling. Knee bursitis develops with the problem of core arthritis and obesity. If you are suffering with the problem, you may find the warmth feeling at your knee, redness, inflammation, tenderness and also the knee pain when going upstairs

Treatment: You will get the relief from the problem by taking rest, Ice compress and OTC anti-swelling medicines. Is there any infection occurs, you need the antibiotics and if the antibiotics do not help you out, you need to go through by a surgery.  Any kind of aggravating activities are strictly restricted for the patient. The professionals should wear the knee pads at the time of knee pain when going up stairs.

  1. Knee pain when going upstairs with Runner’s Knee

This problem is specially faced by the runners, but also the people who are in some regular activities. Any kind of physical extortion and flexion is causes the runners knee. The symptoms of the problem are knee cap tenderness, inflammation and an acute knee pain around the knee and a popping and knee pain when going upstairs.


For a relief from the problem, you may apply ice or hot pad or can try some medicines like Ibuprofen, Tylenol and Aleve. You may use compression socks or ACE rap for the relief.

  1. Chondromalacia Patella and the knee pain when going upstairs

The beneath facade of the patella (kneecap) is enclosed with the cartilage and prone to soreness and damage. It is the result of chondromalacia and associated knee pain with chondromalacia. Most commonly the females and the teenagers are suffer with the problem, especially who have regular physical Activities. Offensive tracking of the patella causes a muscle weakness and cartilage damage. Intense knee pain when going up stairs, mild inflammation, motional sensation is the result of the damage.

Treatment: Treatment is same, ice compress, OTC medicines, ACE wrap, knee brace and knee sleeves etc. Physical therapy and Kinesiology is also very helpful for the problem and also help you to continue the athletic performances.

  1. Patellofemoral knee Pain when going upstairs

It may call up the too much knee pain because of the excessive stresses on knee. The imbalance of muscles can directed to an indecent tracking of patella above the femur bone and causes the knee pain and swelling. Standing for a long time, stair climbing, flat shoe wearing are the reasons behind the pain. Due to a pain of patellofemoral you may suffer with a mild swelling.

Here you may find a video regarding the problem. 

When Should you visit a Doctor for the knee pain when going up stairs

  • If you find a infection like the redness or fever
  • Acute pain
  • Lack of sensation, or leg shivering
  • The foot or leg appears pain, cold or blue
  • If you do not get any relief from the home treatment
  • If the pain become intolerable

Learn right way to climb upstair in the video