A 49-year-old female asked:
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my knee has been giving out asspeacilly going down the stairs with minor pain . while walking it feels like its gonna give out. what is causing this ?

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Dr. Mark Rausch
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Meniscal Tear: Symptoms are concerning for a tear of your meniscus. Definitive diagnosis can be made during a complete thorough physical exam by a physician and possible a mri. Please call your doctor for an appointment.
Answered on Sep 23, 2015
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