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So, I've been having knee pain off and on for a few months, now. I've been applying the tried-and-true man-cure of "ignore it and hope it goes away." It gets pretty bad at times, but never worse than a 4 or so on a ten-point scale. It primarily hurts when I'm putting pressure on it while it is bent, particularly when going downstairs, or any sort of squat-type movement. It is a pain directly on the knee, though there is what feels like some muscle soreness around it. It is my right knee, and only my right knee; no problems with the left knee.
So, I've got two questions: 1) anyone have any idea what this could be? The closest description I've got to what I'm experiencing off of, like, WebMD is patellofemoral pain syndrome, but that's mostly a thing that happens to athletes, it seems like, whereas I'm just a moderately-active fat guy. 2) What is the best way to find a doctor for something like this? I've been using my insurance company's website to find in-network doctors, and I was going to use the top doctors on Yelp to compare and find the best nearby one, but the first twenty "medical professionals" ranked in my area are half a dozen dentists, an eye doctor, and 13 chiropractors/acupuncturists/naturopaths/bullshit artists, which doesn't exactly cause my confidence in that site to skyrocket.
Other potentially relevant facts: I just turned 30, I'm a pretty fat guy (5'10", 280 pounds), and I walk a lot, and hit the gym fairly frequently (usually 3-4 days a week), and do a mix of weightlifting and cardio; I was running on treadmills for awhile, but stopped when the knee pain started, and I also stopped doing squats shortly after the knee pain started.