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A 19-year-old male asked:

all my life my knee gets locked in bent position for 30 secs. it feels like it is going to at the moment but hasn't yet what can i do before it does?

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Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Not much: If this is a life-long pattern, then you may have an abnormality of the inside of your knee such as a mis-shapen or torn meniscus or a small bone fragment floating in the knee joint. A careful exam by an orthopedic surgeon or physiatrist could make the diagnosis. Take care of this now and save your joint fro abnormal wear and tear.

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A 43-year-old female asked:

What causes your knee to lock and become instabled? I am looking for a answer to my question about displacement of mensical root?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Meniscus injury: The anterior and posterior meniscal roots are the sites where the knee meniscus attaches to the central tibial plateau. Your symptoms of locking and buckling sound like the symptoms of a torn meniscus. The meniscus, a cartilage in your knee that acts as a "shock absorber" between the two bones can be torn in various places. Sounds like you had a tear at the root.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I have a problem with my knee locking up off and on. Who do I see?

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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Knee pain: Sports medicine or orthopedic physician. Depending on the cause it may be conservative treatment with therapy, cortisone injection, or surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

My knee is locking up occasionally and I don't know what it is?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Knee locking: Whenever we hear patients have knee locking and difficulty completely bending or straightening, we think of either arthritis or perhaps a meniscus injury depending on the history and examination. This one you should see your pcp, sports med or orthopedic physician.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What could cause knee locking?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Meniscus tear: The most common cause of a locked knee is when the meniscus, which is a cartilage in the joint, tears.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to fix my knee locking problem?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Identify the cause: See an orthopedic surgeon or sports specialist. The source of the locking must be identified to solve the problem. Exam, x-rays, and possibly MRI may be needed. Locking can occur as a result of loose bodies, meniscal tears, cartilage defects, arthritis, scar tissue, etc. Each of these would be treated differently.

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