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I am experiencing knee stiffness, unable to bear weight and popping or snapping sound from knee joint.

I am experiencing knee stiffness, unable to bear weight and popping or snapping sound from knee joint.

Unable to walk: Whether you have had an injury or not, nonweightbearing is a significant problem that should be evaluated right away. Please see your doctor for an exam and if necessary, referall to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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I am experiencing knee pain, knee buckling, knee pop and knee stiffness. The following also describes me: Popping or snapping sound from knee joint. Feel like joint is moving, getting stuck and then pop?

I am experiencing knee pain, knee buckling, knee pop and knee stiffness. The following also describes me: Popping or snapping sound from knee joint. Feel like joint is moving, getting stuck and then pop?

Ortho: Consider seeing an ortho especially if painful. if something bad you don't want it to go too long without intervention. And if nothing bad, you will be reassured ...Read more

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Knee pain when bending, knee stiffness and leg tingling back of knee and front of knee are swollen no fever not red it's been a month since this started the back of my leg hurts when I walk around any ideas??? I have no insurance so plz help!!.

Knee pain when bending, knee stiffness and leg tingling back of knee and front of knee are swollen no fever not red it's been a month since this started the back of my leg hurts when I walk around any ideas??? I have no insurance so plz help!!.

Recommend Eval: With knee pain lasting a month, swelling and stiffness I would recommend you have the knee looked at. There are several possible causes to your symptoms; some that may be more concerning then others. Your knee may need to be drained (fluid removed). A more thorough history and exam of your knee seems necessary at this point. Consider a virtual consult as a starting point. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I'm permanently swollen and have a painful knee joint, what could this be?

I'm permanently swollen and have a painful knee joint, what could this be?

Arthritis: It could be a number of different things, including arthritis, infection, or an injury. You should get evaluated to get a proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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My sister is experiencing knee pain and popping or snapping sound from knee joint. The following also describe her: Knee weakness, Painful swollen joints, and Knee pop. What should she do?

My sister is experiencing  knee pain and popping or snapping sound from knee joint. The following also describe her: Knee weakness, Painful swollen joints, and Knee pop. What should she do?

Injury: Hi, I need more info. Did she injure the knee. It sounds like she has a injury to a ligament or tendon, mostly a ligament injury. Did she have a x ray or a MRI. She needs to see a Orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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I recently developed a swollen, painful, stiff left knee, but have no history of trauma to the joint. Any ideas for the cause?

I recently developed a swollen, painful, stiff left knee, but have no history of trauma to the joint. Any ideas for the cause?

Time 4 medical eval.: There are several possible causes of atraumatic knee swelling and pain. Inflammatory arthritis, degenerative arthritis, gout, and infection are a few of the possibilities. A visit to your physician should be able to give you an answer. ...Read more

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What is treatment for knee joint stiffness and pain?

What is treatment for knee joint stiffness and pain?

Lots of things!: The most common reason for knee stiffness and pain is arthritis. Treatment can be nsaids/tylenol, physical therapy, ice, non impact aerobic exercise, injections, braces, arthroscopy (if mechanical symptoms are present), and finally knee replacement. An orthopaedic surgeon can help diagnose your reason for knee stiffness and pain. ...Read more

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I have a positive rheumatoid factor of 69 with no inflamation but I have nodules on my fingers and a swollen knee joint, what could this be?

I have a positive rheumatoid factor of 69 with no inflamation but I have nodules on my fingers and a swollen knee joint, what could this be?

Arthritis: There are many causes of arthritis. It sounds like you have had some medical care for this before. I would recommend seeing your physician or rheumatologist for more information. ...Read more

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23 y/o w/ chronic swelling of the knee & stiffness after marathon training. Clean MRI and blood work except 1:320 ANA titer. No suspected ra. Ideas?

23 y/o w/ chronic swelling of the knee & stiffness after marathon training. Clean MRI and blood work except 1:320 ANA titer. No suspected ra. Ideas?

Joint fluid analysis: Although it's possible that this is related to your marathon training you need to have a joint fluid analysis to see if it's inflammatory or not inflammatory, if it's infection or not infection and to see if there are crystals or no crystals. You need an evaluation to make certain what is going on inside the joint. An MRI is not sufficient. ...Read more

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Feeling exhausted, weak, knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

Feeling exhausted, weak, knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

See your GP: I am glad you have seen your general practitioner regarding these symptoms- routine blood tests are usually a good place to start. Ask your doctor about the utility of checking for more obscure diagnoses such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain for the past 5 years- Painful swollen joints, Knee swelling, and Joint stiffness. Gradually getting worse. MRI showed only inflamation. Do I need to go to ortho dr? What can I expect to hear as diagnosis?

I am experiencing knee pain for the past 5 years- Painful swollen joints, Knee swelling, and Joint stiffness. Gradually getting worse. MRI showed only inflamation. Do I need to go to ortho dr? What can I expect to hear as diagnosis?

Yes and Rheumatology: It sounds to me like you have a polyarthritis that may be an inflammatory arthritis. Lab tests for connective tissue disease are not routinely performed, but in your case I would test for Lyme disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and other causes of polyarthropathy. Do your painful swollen joints migrate? Any joint fluid taken for analysis? Any trauma? Full history and exam indicated. ...Read more

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Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking, grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking, grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Yes: Yes to all the above. Grinding sounds unusual though. If the noise comes from kneecap then it is the kneecap and not menisucs. However, it sure sounds like it based on what you describe. Exam is very unreliable though and MRI is usually necessary. ...Read more

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Medial side knee joint point tenderness/pain. Can walk but does start to hurt. Cannot run more than a few minutes without pain, so stop. Stiff, tight, and hurts when sitting and then standing up from sitting. Very painful when running.?

Medial side knee joint point tenderness/pain. Can walk but does start to hurt. Cannot run more than a few minutes without pain, so stop. Stiff, tight, and hurts when sitting and then standing up from sitting. Very painful when running.?

Physical exam: This medial joint pain may indicate several injuries are present. You need a physical exam including an examination of your hip which can refer pain to your medial knee via the obturator nerve distribution. You may also have medial collateral ligament, medial meniscus, or anterior cruciate ligament damage. You may have an exaggerated q angle as some women do which can lead to medial compartment OA ...Read more

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I'm a 29-year-old woman with Graves Disease, lately I have been experiencing stiffness and joint pain, moreso in my knees, ankles, and hands. Idea?

I'm a 29-year-old woman with Graves Disease, lately I have been experiencing stiffness and joint pain, moreso in my knees, ankles, and hands. Idea?

Graves disease: I presume you are taking medicine to control your thyroid or you have had the thyroid treated with radioactive iodine.

I do not relate the symptoms you are expressing to Grave's disease. You must quickly arrange to see your doctor ASAP.

If things are really that bad I would go the nearest Emergency room today and find out what is wrong.

Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the remedy for very painful knee joint?

I want to know what's the remedy for very painful knee joint?

I always recommend: Evaluation for a chronic or sever problem. However, acupuncture is excellent for reducing pain ; inflammation ; improving range of motion for many types of knee pain. ...Read more

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What would cause a knee joint to feel like its burning on the inside so bad? I have osteoarthritis in it.

Severe osteo--: -arthritis is a safe bet. Check with your orthopedic surgeon, as your May have just a flare up of your arthritis. An injection can easily quiet it down. ...Read more

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Acute momentory pain on upper part left knee joint while standing up or straightenning of knee. Pain eases thereafter. Cause and remedy?

Acute momentory pain on upper part left knee joint while standing up or straightenning of knee. Pain eases thereafter. Cause and remedy?

Meniscal sprain: Most common injury is meniscal sprain especially of located in the medial aspect of the knee. Would recommend rest, ice, some anti-inflamatories and if no improvement xray & exam with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can a displace mensical root cause locking of the knee joint? What causes a knee joint to lock up? Unable to straighten the leg without extreme pain.

Can a displace mensical root cause locking of the knee joint? What causes a knee joint to lock up? Unable to straighten the leg without extreme pain.

Yes: A torn meniscus can cause the knee to "lock" when the flap of meniscus that is torn gets pinched between the femur and tibia. This would be the most common reason for a knee joint to lock although sometimes a loose body which is a little piece of bone can do the same thing. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I'm having painful knee joint pain, what can I do?

I'm having painful knee joint pain, what can I do?

Knee pain: Try some ice and an anti-inflammatory pill. If no improvement get a xray. ...Read more

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What causes hip and knee joint pain in someone who is in their early 20s?

What causes hip and knee joint pain in someone who is in their early 20s?

Lots of causes.: The pain can originate in any of the structures in or around those joints, or even from systemic disorders, and it's difficult to diagnose without an evaluation from a physician. Causes can include sprains, strains, muscle spasms, tendinitis, joint inflammation, etc. Best thing to do is see the doctor. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the cause of my knee stiffness. What tests would I need to do?

I want to know what's the cause of my knee stiffness. What tests would I need to do?

See a doctor: There are many causes of knee stiffness. Some of these include damage from prior injuries, arthritis, metabolic diseases, stress due to weight, overuse, etc. If you are having this problem and have no obvious answer you should see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Stiff Knee (Definition)

Knee stiffness is a clinical finding in which there is stiffness or decreased range of motion at the knee. This can occur with injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more