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Chronic knee pain exacerbated by exercise, crepitus, pain increases when walking down stairs, a feeling of something catching when walking down hill?
Arhtiritis: Thank you for the great question. Crunching and pain in both knees is a common complaint typically occurs later in life. Most of the time, this is a sign of "osteoarthritis". Basically your joints are not as young as they used to be! You should see your doctor for a proper evaluation. The best way to treat OA is with exercise, stretching and over the counter pain medicines as needed. ...Read more
Patella femoral : If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely patella femoral pain syndrome/chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thigh weakness: straightening leg from a bent and weight-bearing position (climbing stairs, squats, etc) = leg reflexively feels like buckling. Ideas?
Could be: A serious neurologic disorder. You need to see a doctor right away. ...Read more
Patello-femoral: You are describing some of the symptoms commonly associated with patella-femoral pain. The most common cause is chondromalacia patella (softening of the cartilage under the knee cap / precursor to arthritis. Other cases include supra pr infrapatella tendonitis or partial tears. See an orthopedist and get evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lung sounds: Hello. These can be many things depending on what's going on with the person. Assuming you are hearing them w/o a stethoscope, then they are likely upper airway secretions/mucous seen with a cold or infection. If localized to one area of the lung could be a sign of pneumonia. If these sounds ate chronic and the person is not acutely ill, could be from chronic obstructive lung disease or fibrosis. ...Read more
Knee pain squatting. Slightly squishy + swollen. Hurts swiveling not walking. Feels stiff walking. No pain resting. Thoughts?
Meniscus tear?: Your symptoms of pain w/ squatting , twisting and turning associated w/ swelling may indicate a meniscus( cartilage) tear.The meniscus can tear as we get older w/minimal trauma as the water content diminishes and it becomes more 'brittle' and less 'elastic '. See your board certified orthopedic surgeon for examination. Best of luck! ...Read more
Needs to be checked: This difficulty in breathing after walking up stairs needs to be checked asap.It may be due to your heart or some problem with your lungs .We don't have enough information to tell you what it could be .Are you a smoker, do you have high blood pressure,and/or high Cholesterol? I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor and get yourself checked ...Read more
Joint instability at hip and knee, weakness from hip to outer thigh to outer knee. Pain lifting leg - climbing stairs and kicking leg backwards. Why?
Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.
No knee pain while playing but only while squating and climbing down stairs..Will quad strengthing help.
It can: Sounds like you have a problem under your knee cap(patella). Most stress in this area during squats and going down stairs (chondromalacia pattelli) . The corner stone of pt for it is quad exercises : straight leg raising, "quad sets" (tensing muscle while knee straight/isometrically)and pain free arc exercises. Many online resources for exercises http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xwc4flssv6e. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bursitis: In your age group the likely source is prepatellar bursitis from trauma or kneeling. Rest, ice, elevation and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications will take care of this with one caveat...You could have a staph infection in this bursa and need antibiotics. Thereofore, you need a quick doctor appointment to look at the knee. ...Read more
Need exam: You may have some iliotibial band tenderness and inflammation. You may also have some lateral patella issues it s difficult to tell without an exam most of these can be treated with ice, nsaids and rest. Sometimes physical therapy with modalities and stretching can be helpful. ...Read more
Fell on knee snowboarding; swelling, bruising, searing pain in patellar tendon area when flexing foot up; can move, walk, stand fine. Thoughts?
See MD if continues: "tearing" sounds when bending knee could be many things but if it doesn't hurt and it doesn't swell after this episode probably your kneecap' popping'. If it causes symptoms in future or it feels like your kneecap is'slipping' or your knee "locks" then please see your orthopedic surgeon . Best of luck. ...Read more