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Elkton, MD
A 52-year-old female asked:

what could cause pain on the outside of my left knee? especially hard going up steps or getting up from a seat.

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Patellofemoral: Syndrome (pfs) would be my first guess. It sounds like you may have some arthritis in your knee and pfs which causes poor tracking in the femoral groove. This is often noticed after sitting for a while or and going up stairs. Recommend physical exam, xray, and physical therapy for quad strengthening and functional modification for long term benefit. Hope that helps!

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United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 35-year-old male asked:

I went in for a tackle at football and my left knee bent inwards. I heard a small crack. I have pain on the inside of my knee and a little bit of swel?

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Dr. Ketan Mody
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
MCL, Fracture: You want to go to a sports medicine specialist asap. You need to have your knee examined and possibly an MRI done after xray. The crack could hvae been a pop and may be an acl or maybe a small fracture. You may have gotten lucky and only injured your mcl as well. You could have subluxed your patella as well. Too many possibilities without more info.
Pharr, Texas
A 35-year-old female asked:

I'm wondering if I should tell the Dr. That I sometimes get a cramp pain on my left knee and I lose strength that I would stop to hold something?

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Yes: These are symptoms that can be transient and benign, but also could be helpful in the greater context of your medical health (possible medication side effects, potentially important within the context of other symptoms, etc). Never hesitate to let your doctor know about any concerns/observations you have. Their job is to determine significance.

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Last updated Mar 28, 2014

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