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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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Very sudden excruciating pain on outer aspect radiating to under knee cap.Unable to bear weight.No recent injury..Hx.Of surgery on knee?

Very sudden excruciating pain on outer aspect radiating to under knee cap.Unable to bear weight.No recent injury..Hx.Of surgery on knee?

Disk herniation: There are a few things that may cause your symptoms that may not be related to your knees, like a disk herniation in your low back. You should get a musculoskeletal / neurological evaluation by your healthcare provider. Good luck. ...Read more

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Extreme quadricep pain, painful weight bearing & causing knee to buckle.no injury or bruising could I have torn it? Hx of random sprains w/o injury

Extreme quadricep pain, painful weight bearing & causing knee to buckle.no injury or bruising could I have torn it? Hx of random sprains w/o injury

Quad tendon tear: Spontaneous or low impact quad tendon tear is more common in middle aged men than young women, but should have an exam and MRI to be sure. Can you straighten out your knee against gravity? Are you a runner or soccer player as quad dysfunction is common in female athletes. ...Read more

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Constant knee pain in left knee, no injury, hard to walk, pain behind knee cap, knee gives out what can cause this?

Constant knee pain in left knee,  no injury, hard to walk, pain behind knee cap, knee gives out what can cause this?

See a specialist.: See an orthopedic knee specialist. You may have "patellar pain" or a variation of it, based on what your describing. If so, it's usually treated with medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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Severe kneecap pain when straightening leg without bearing weight. Knee feels weak?

Severe kneecap pain when straightening leg without bearing weight. Knee feels weak?

Bursitis: In your age group the likely source is prepatellar bursitis from trauma or kneeling. Rest, ice, elevation and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications will take care of this with one caveat...You could have a staph infection in this bursa and need antibiotics. Thereofore, you need a quick doctor appointment to look at the knee. ...Read more

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Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling swelling down into foot. Dx?

Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling  swelling down into foot.  Dx?

Knee ligament : Most common knee injury after pop leading to instability, swelling, pain is an acl tear. Medial pain could be meniscus or mcl injury. Another possibility could include patellar dislocation....But usually more obvious. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of knee pain with specific movement. L knee pn. History of meniscus damage with arthroscopic surgery 5+ years ago. Developing sudden onset of pain while extending knee from bent position while bearing weight. Pn located from outside-center

Sudden onset of knee pain with specific movement. L knee pn. History of meniscus damage with arthroscopic surgery 5+ years ago. 
 
Developing sudden onset of pain while extending knee from bent position while bearing weight. Pn located from outside-center

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more

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10 year old. Severe pain stretching from the thigh to calf without prior injury?

10 year old. Severe pain stretching from the thigh to calf without prior injury?

Unusual...: If it is truly severe without any history of trauma, it is worthwhile to have the child examined by a health care professional. Are there any other associated symptoms (swelling of the extremity, for example)? Swelling with this type of pain could mean a blot clot. A careful exam and history will help get to the bottom of what is going on. I hope the child feels better soon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

Get mri and xray: sounds like meniscus tear , see orthopedic , get xray and mri , if overweight lose wt , if not bad , take over the counter pain meds tylenol/aleve. wear elastic knee sleeve,m can do physical therapy if knee gives way or locks up likely tear ...Read more

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Pain behind knee outerside, pain shooting butt to foot, burning from knee down, foot arch pain. Bad pain behind knee a few days ago after suddenmotion?

Pain behind knee outerside, pain shooting butt to foot, burning from knee down, foot arch pain. Bad pain behind knee a few days ago after suddenmotion?

Shooting pain: sounds like "sciatica" could be due to a lumbar disc pressing on the nerve to detect this will need CT SCAN or MRI , the other possible cause is called piriformis syndrome usually after certain type of exercises stretching to far of lifting ...Read more

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I have severe foot/ankle pain without injury radiating up towards the knee with swelling to the ankle area?

I have severe foot/ankle pain without injury radiating up towards the knee with swelling to the ankle area?

See a doctor: It could be a stress fracture (these can happen with no known trauma), arthritis, tendinitis among other things. A proper diagnosis can establish what and where the problem is, and get you started on recovery. ...Read more

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Bumped knee below knee cap. Now have worsening pain when bending or attempting weight bearing. No swelling. Whole leg aches?

Bumped knee below knee cap. Now have worsening pain when bending or attempting weight bearing. No swelling. Whole leg aches?

Contusion: If this just occurred in recent days, you most likely have a contusion of the patellar tendon, infrapatellar fat pad or simply the soft tissues on the front of the knee. This tends to be a very sensitive area that is under tension when the knee bends Consider limiting painful activities, ice for 20 minutes 3-5x/day, and use ibuprofen/naproxen to relieve inflammation. See a doc if not improving. ...Read more

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Could severe hip pain locking sensation be caused by old hamstring injury?

Hip pain: An old hamstring injury should not cause hip pain however it would depend on where your pain is. Pain in the deep groin referring down the inside of the thigh to the knee is usually from the hip joint, pain at the outside of the hip may be from the trochanteric birsa and pain behind the hip can be from the back, pisiformis muscle or ischial bursa so the cause may depend onwhere the pain is. ...Read more

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24yoathlete.Sharp knee pain with ankle eversion+push off during walking. No swelling. Ext=no pain Flex=end range pain.No traumatic event.worsening?

24yoathlete.Sharp knee pain with ankle eversion+push off during walking. No swelling. Ext=no pain Flex=end range pain.No traumatic event.worsening?

Tendinitis of FDL/TA: Where I ur knee is the pain? If it is towards the bk, it sounds like u cd have strained the Flexor Digitorum Longus (FDL) tendon which runs from behind the knee to the medial (inner) part of the mid foot. If the pain is in the front, u cd have strained the tibialis anterior (TA) tendon instead, also known as "runner's knee" or "shin splints". Ice the area & rest; if not better in 2 wks, TTYD. GL. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden, severe joint pain and stiffness in knee?

What could cause sudden, severe joint pain and stiffness in knee?

Meniscal/ ligament i: The symptoms you describe can be from a meniscal and or ligament injury or from an acute episode of chronic arthritic problems; would suggest observation and evaluation. ...Read more

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Right shoulder and neck pain without injury?

Right shoulder and neck pain without injury?

See below: Without a history of trauma, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. Try placing a lumbar support behind your lower back when sitting to help straighten your shoulders. Sit closer to the table and avoid 'hunching' over the plate. If your pain doesn't improve in 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Outside left knee pain, pain is near kneecap, unable to bear weight or bend, acl reconstruction in 02?

Outside left knee pain, pain is near kneecap, unable to bear weight or bend, acl reconstruction in 02?

Outer knee pain: Any injury? May be meniscus degeneration, tendinitis , stress fracture ( if active), or tibial plateau fracture. Try NSAIDs,ice 15 minutes on 45 minutes off 3-4 x/day, elevate, kinesiotape over sore spot ,crutches for a few days and of course follow up with ortho as need xray to check for subtle fracture and may need 3 phase bone scan if still concerned about stress fracture with negative xray ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more