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Slight pain under kneecap lately i have had slight pain under my kneecap when knee is flexed. i also feel a creaky noise. i am 41 and sit a lot at work but am of normal weight. i don't do anything like running that should be causing this. what can i do

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Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Usually : Usually slight pain underneath the kneecap can be alleviated with a strengthening program for the knee. Search for "patellofemoral exercises" on the internet and you will find numerous informational sources that include exercises for this program. If you do these exercises a few times/week, your pain will likely get better.
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Dr. Michael Patney
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Cartilage softening: The cartilage under your kneecap may be softening from age, wear or other reasons. This is usually treated with physical therapy to strengthen the quadriceps and stretch the hamstrings. Taping sometimes helps in the short term as can patella cutout splints. Otc meds like Motrin also help but don't cure it.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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