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I suffered a compound fracture of the tib and fib (L) also a cracked patella (L) at age 22 now I'm experiencing "growing pain" like symptoms at age 26?

I suffered a compound fracture of the tib and fib (L) also a cracked patella (L) at age 22 now I'm experiencing "growing pain" like symptoms at age 26?

Be seen: At 26, your growth is certainly complete and so your pain is likely coming from something else. A detailed exam and X-ray will likely determine the cause. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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I have a cracked kneecap that will not heal it's been over a year. Our there any options beside surgery? My dr. And I have been waiting and hoping

I have a cracked kneecap that will not heal it's been over a year. Our there any options beside surgery? My dr. And I have been waiting and hoping

Unlikely to heal alo: Your other medical problems cause a problem with bone healing.

The only 2 things that might work without surgery are prolotherapy, visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for info and a doctor, or to have magnetic field stimulation. Your ortho should be able to get that for you. ...Read more

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A fall caused a crack in my kneecap while out-of-town. I waited a week to see the doc. I have extreme muscle cramps in my thigh. Is that a concern?

A fall caused a crack in my kneecap while out-of-town. I waited a week to see the doc. I have extreme muscle cramps in my thigh. Is that a concern?

It could be: The four muscles of the quadriceps
the patella, the patellar tendon
all the other soft tissues attaching to the patella, the tibial tuberosity form the extensor mechanism, so no surprise if you have some cramps in the leg. The spasm of those muscles could separate the fracture more and increase the injury. ...Read more

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Always crack the joint at my kneecap to relieve tension because it feels tight. Sometimes it cracks involuntarily when I walk. Will it injured my knee?

Always crack the joint at my kneecap to relieve tension because it feels tight. Sometimes it cracks involuntarily when I walk. Will it injured my knee?

No: If there is no pain, this will not injure your knee. The sound that occurs when "cracking" diarthrodial joints is thought to involve gas release from the synovial fluid inside the joint capsule. A bubble can actually be seen in a joint after cracking. Cracking is then impossible until the gas has redissolved. Kind of a science fun fact, but certainly no need to worry about injury. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

It depends: If the dislocation recent and traumatic, you will have a lot of pain and cannot move your knee and cannot straighten the knee your knee, some of those are recurrent they are less violent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

Usually dramatic: This is typically a painful, traumatic and debilitating injury. Initial symptoms would be pain in the front of the knee, diffuse swelling around the knee, and difficulty straightening the knee without assistance. Often the leg feels powerless and as if you are dragging it, because the powerful quad muscle in your thigh is no longer connected to the lower leg (tibia). Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

Can't extend knee: If your patella tendon is completely torn, you can't actively straighten out your knee. Because your patella tendon connects your thigh muscle and patella to your shin bone (tibia). If its partially torn you have weakness with knee extension, difficulty with stair climbing and anterior knee pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to walk with a factured kneecap? What are the signs/symptoms? I don't have health insurance and can't afford a trip to the er.

Is it possible to walk with a factured kneecap? What are the signs/symptoms? I don't have health insurance and can't afford a trip to the er.

Kneecap Fracture: Generally it's very hard to walk with a kneecap fracture, although it's possible to have a small chip and still walk. ...Read more

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I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

Cartilage damage: You probably have degeneration of cartilaginous components in the joint.
The most common culprit is the meniscus.
Diagnosis is done by mri, and arthroscopy provides the needed clean up. ...Read more

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Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help

Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help

Knee pain: These are two very different problems. When a piece of cartilage gets stuck under your kneecap you will have a locking or catching type problem. You could have problems flexing or extending your knee and certainly problems with going up and down steps. With an ACL injury, there is usually a sense of instability and a sense of the knees shifting. There's usually a sense of apprehension with activities ...Read more

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Day after run lateral knee pops when I bend. Location is between pointy bone and kneecap. No pain during runs and do not have normal it band symptoms.

Day after run lateral knee pops when I bend. Location is between pointy bone and kneecap. No pain during runs and do not have normal it band symptoms.

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. One of the more common disorders that you already mentioned is itb syndrome, but as you mentioned that may have been ruled out. One example of nother potential cause is plica syndrome, which is an abnormal fibrous band in the knee that can cause pain and popping as you describe. Usually a very meticulous exam can determine the cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

MRI: Firstly, make sure you are evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Mri would probably be the best diagnostic test to evaluate your extensor mechanism and surrounding structures if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Yes: Yes, you can definitely have some degree of instability in your knee/tibia, particularly if you have an "acl deficient" knee. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had my leg slightly bent and when I straightened it it cracked with slight pain what could this be?

Joint crack usually: When we go from sitting to standing, or standing to sitting and start walking sometimes we hear our joint crack. This is normal, and not normally a concern. However if you're experiencing pain when doing so, you need to call your doctor. They can check you closer on physical exam reproducing the same sound. This will make you worry less, and feel better knowing that you've had it checked out. ...Read more

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My leg skin is kind of shiny and cracked. Never had that before. Why?

My leg skin is kind of shiny and cracked. Never had that before. Why?

Asteatotic eczema: , fitzpatrick likened asteatotic eczema to a dried-up riverbed. Superficial bleeding and fissures can occur as the epidermis loses water, as it splits, and as it cracks deeply enough to disrupt papillary dermal capillaries. The inflammation can be associated with asymmetric leg edema. Treatment is with emollients like cerave cream and prescription cortisone. ...Read more

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My left hip constantly feels like it needs to crack or "pop" and sonetimes my leg springs back when I sit indian style and other pistions as well?

My left hip constantly feels like it needs to crack or "pop" and sonetimes my leg springs back when I sit indian style and other pistions as well?

Misalignment: In my experience, when parts of the skeleton feel they need to pop or crack, you are misaligned and trying to literally adjust yourself. A visit with your doc will help figure out more details. A physical therapist can offer a great deal of useful advice, exercises, and therapies. Massage may help as can a good chiropractor. ...Read more

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I think I can feel my tibia bone crack when I bend my leg.

I think I can feel my tibia bone crack when I bend my leg.

Painful? See dr: If it is painful see a doctor, if it's not painful then don't be too concerned, some people have joints that make noises. ...Read more

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Could I have cracked my tibia as it was very painful after I knocked it and now when I stand on that leg I get a painful burning sensation.?

Could I have cracked my tibia as it was very painful after I knocked it and now when I stand on that leg I get a painful burning sensation.?

Unlikely: This is a hard bone at your age and is also a full weight bearing bone. It takes a lot of trauma to break.
If your pain with walking persists, have an xray done.
Dr B ...Read more

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Ok my question is why I have such leg pain... from my knee Down my whole leg pops and cracks and is very very painful. Why does it pop and crack?

Knee pain: Joints creak, snap, pop as we age, joints have fluid in joint space, sometimes a vaccum sets up in joint movement, cracks sound, sometimes loose bodies, sometimes bone spurs...heat, nsaids, stretches, cold packs would help, sometimes massage and calcium for cramps, shin splints ...Read more

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How can I stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now I have pain all down my leg, wasn't even doing anything, I take extra d's?

How can I stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now I have pain all down my leg, wasn't even doing anything, I take extra d's?

Possible arthritis: When you mention your leg cracked are you referring to your knee? If so knee cracking or creditable can be a symptom of osteoarthritis. With mild OA regular activity and maintenance of an ideal body weight can help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis, Aleve, and Motrin can be taken. If the cracking continues or if the joint becomes unstable you might need further medical treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a crack in my left knee and keep falling? Its as if my leg disappears while im walking

What can I do if I have a crack in my left knee and keep falling? Its as if my leg disappears while im walking

Make an appt: To see the orthopedist. If you are at the point of "keep falling", then professional consultation is mandated. This is not something to "home remedy". ...Read more

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Is it bad that I crack my neck easily by bringing one leg perpendicular to the other side while laying on my back. Lot of lower vertebrae crack?

Is it bad that I crack my neck easily by bringing one leg perpendicular to the other side while laying on my back. Lot of lower vertebrae crack?

I hope not: Because I do that all the time. I think it's a great stretch. Seriously, it's fine. It's just noise. From ligaments and cartilege and such. You will find the noise increases as you get older! ...Read more