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What might cause a burning sensation under your knee cap?

What might cause a burning sensation under your knee cap?

Variable: Cartilage problem, tracking problem, strength problem. Synovitis. Get it checked out if you are not improving. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation above the knee cap when i touch the area. Also cannot bend the knee completely w/o pain?

I have a burning sensation above the knee cap when i touch the area. Also cannot bend the knee completely w/o pain?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I bend my knee far enough or kneel on it, one location on my knee cap feels like it is burning. Is there anything I can do?

Sometimes when I bend my knee far enough or kneel on it, one location on my knee cap feels like it is burning. Is there anything I can do?

Likely bursitis: Sounds like inflammation of the prepatellar bursa (flattened sac that provides protective layer between knee and skin). Usually a result of prolonged kneeling or other "wear-and-tear". Rest (avoid kneeling) and sometimes a knee wrap for protection is helpful. If no contraindications, can use nsaids for inflammation. See a physician for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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What makes a burning sensation on the inner side of my leg near my knee cap?

What makes a burning sensation on the inner side of my leg near my knee cap?

Knee Pain: Your burning sensation and pain could be from irritation of nerve endings but most likely due to articular cartilage damage under your knee cap. ...Read more

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My knee cap has itching and burning sensation. There is no rash in skin thus far. What can it be.Help.

My knee cap has itching and burning sensation. There is no rash in skin thus far. What can it be.Help.

Knee pain: hello ~ try stopping all pressure (kneeling) on it and apply OTC 1% hydrocortisone and see what happens. I suspect it may swell because I think you have a mild pre-patella bursitis.thanks ...Read more

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I am 42, no history of knee injury. Recently i get a burning sensation just beneath my knee cap when kneeling. No knee pain otherwise. Any ideas?

I am 42, no history of knee injury. Recently i get a burning sensation just beneath my knee cap when kneeling. No knee pain otherwise. Any ideas?

Early wear and tear: Pain coud be due to irritated/early wear of the patella cartilage or the surface cartilage of the thigh bone that rubs against the patella (try knee sleeve with a cutout for knee cap). Other causes could include patellar tendonitis (try knee strap) or a plica and osgood schlatters. For starters avoid kneeling, stairs, knee extension machines, deep squats, lunges etc. Try therapy, ice, advil/alleve. ...Read more

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I have a burning/stinging sensation around knee cap when kneeling. Doesn't effect my walking or bending, or hurt when I do so. Had c sect 4 weeks ago.

I have a burning/stinging sensation around knee cap when kneeling. Doesn't effect my walking or bending, or hurt when I do so. Had c sect 4 weeks ago.

Sounds like patellar: Tendonitis most likely. Could be arthritis, quad sprain/tendonitis, bursitis as these are common around the knee cap. See an orthopod to be evaluated/treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Burning or a cold sensation associated with my left knee below yhe knee cap no swelling that i can tell but it does have a puple color like a bruise ?

Burning or a cold sensation associated with my left knee below yhe knee cap no swelling that i can tell but it does have a puple color like a bruise ?

Nonspecific: These symptoms are nondiagnostic but may be due to some irritation of superficial nerve cells in the skin rather than a true inflammatory process of a tendon. Unless pain,more discoloration,or limitation of motion develop, I would hold off on any treatment or investigation at this time. See your Physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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I experience a sharp burning pain on the front of my knee next to my knee cap when I kick a soccer ball with my laces or closer to top of big toe. Wh?

I experience a sharp burning pain on the front of my knee next to my knee cap when I kick a soccer ball with my laces or closer to top of big toe.  Wh?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes: patellofemoral disease, inflammation at the tibial tubercle, plica syndrome, retinacular strain among other possibilities. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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A week ago, the vein on my knee cap burst & bruised. I put Ice on it. Now it's burning, has pain, & sudden onset bruising. What next?

A week ago, the vein on my knee cap burst & bruised. I put Ice on it. Now it's burning, has pain, & sudden onset bruising. What next?

Ruptured Vein: You should see a Vascular Surgeon right away to have your circulation evaluated. Your Vascular Surgeon will help you to determine the cause of the ruptured vein and sudden onset bruising which could be the result of vascular disease. Vascular Surgeons specialize in the treatment and evaluation of your arteries, veins and lymphatic systems. ...Read more

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Knee cap tingling. Burning bottom of foot along with sore thighs. Could this be a dvt?

Knee cap tingling. Burning bottom of foot along with sore thighs. Could this be a dvt?

Unlikely: Those symptoms are unlikely to be a DVT. However, DVTs present in many strange ways and an ultrasound ordered by your doctor is the only way to be sure. ...Read more

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What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

Scar tissue: It is possible that after having the arthroscopic surgery burning discomfort could be as a result of them having placed a steroid medication in your knee after your surgery. It could also be at the sites where the portals were created causing some burning in the skin during the healing process. ...Read more

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How to solve issues of knee cap?

How to solve issues of knee cap?

1st is 2 C an ortho-: -pedic surgeon & get a diagnosis. There R many maladies that effect the patella. ...Read more

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How to remove a person knee cap?

How to remove a person knee cap?

Surgery: Surgery can be used to remove a kneecap, but it's rarely used as the knee strength and function worsen quite a bit. ...Read more

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What is this pain under my knee cap?

What is this pain under my knee cap?

CMP: Persistent pain under the knee not associated with significant trauma or injury is very likely chondromalacia patella. It is usually treated with physical therapy and mild pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds. ...Read more

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What causes pain directly under the knee cap?

Chondromalacia patel: Typically caused by damage on the posterior aspect of the patella due to damage or malalignment try working on quad strengthening and possible taping or patella bracing. ...Read more

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What causes pressure on the knee cap?

What causes pressure on the knee cap?

Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often not show up in a class knee exam or imaging. A functional exam in addition to classical is recommended. You will see foot and ankle contribute. https://youtu.be/sVub-q5Wkqw ...Read more

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