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A 21-year-old male asked:

Had mri/xray on knee doc said it was fine , but it pulses and has pain in knee, feels unstable?

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Dr. Brian Clear
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Knee pain: Most knee pain won't show findings on X-ray (primarily looks for advanced arthritis or something big like a fracture). MRI is excellent at showing ligament and cartilage injury, but it's used primarily as a pre-surgical evaluation for pain that does not respond to physical therapy, bracing (soft knee sleeve) and anti-inflammatories which all take time but work well for most non-surgical knee pain
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Hard to say: It is good to know your MRI looks fine as that would show the major ligaments in the knee and whether or not there is a problem there. Vascular or neurological causes are possible although fairly rare; it is also possible the MRI was miss read or missed something. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion.
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Last updated Nov 20, 2015

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