Knee pain is very common and can be caused by lots of things, from arthritis to injury. The problem could be in the joints themselves, or indicate an issue with the tendons (the cords that attach muscle to bone) or ligaments (which connect the thigh bone to the lower leg bones to stabilize the knee).
Pain perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: For example, soldiers who sustain an injury in battle often recall not feeling anything at the time.
When Anna* became physically unwell as a student, her GP referred her to a psychiatrist and she agreed to voluntary treatment. After interviewing her for less than an hour, the psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia and told her there was a risk she would kill her mother.
The results of a survey presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) highlight the significant impact of rheumatic or musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) on mental health and a worrying lack of psychological care.