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Just one of my knee caps is cold what could be the cause? Its been about a week.

Just one of my knee caps is cold what could be the cause? Its been about a week.

Depends: The doctor would have to know more about your symptoms and exam you. Unusual for one knee cap to be cold. Are you sure you are not putting a bag of ice on it? ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more


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I heard something tear underneath my knee cap when I bent down to pick up a towel. It hurts bad! what happened?

I heard something tear underneath my knee cap when I bent down to pick up a towel. It hurts bad! what happened?

Knee cap: Could be a number of things, from a tendon or cruciate tear to some innocent "creaking". Let it rest for two weeks, if then it still hurts, you'll need an orthopod to get an MRI of your knee. ...Read more

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Where can a knee cap shifting out of place go?

Where can a knee cap shifting out of place go?

Lateral : Nearly all knee caps that shift out of place (dislocate), go to the outside (lateral) side of the knee. ...Read more

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I get a very acute pain on the surface of my knee cap. I can feel a small object under the surface of the skin that tends to move around.

I get a very acute pain on the surface of my knee cap. I can feel a small object under the surface of the skin that tends to move around.

Knee cap: If it is burstitis in front of your knee cap (not behind knee cap) then put hot towels on it and don't kneel or bend much. Use Motrin too. If it does not get better within a week have it checked out. Also i assume you have no foreign bodies under the skin from some accident. ...Read more

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What to do with a spur under knee cap?

What to do with a spur under knee cap?

Evaluate the Cause: The medical term for spur is "osteophyte". There are many causes for the focal bony overgrowth ranging from a traction osteophyte from high loads applied to the patella to osteoarthritic osteophytes. Typically, the treatment of the "spur" is not isolated, rather treatment is directed at the underlying reason the spur developed and thus could range from activity modification to rehab to surgery. ...Read more

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Once in a while above my knee cap Has immense pain for a couple minutes. I'm a biker. It happened every other day and sporadically ?

Once in a while above my knee cap Has immense pain for a couple minutes. I'm a biker. It happened every other day and sporadically ?

May be Quad strain: Sounds like quadriceps tendon strain. Apply Ice and have someone who knows about bikers (Sports Medicine Doctor) Your seat may be too low!! ...Read more

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My knee caps move around and grind when I walk. Also when I walk my knee caps seem to turn in. What is this?

My knee caps move around and grind when I walk. Also when I walk my knee caps seem to turn in. What is this?

Patellofemoral syndr: Patellofemoral syndrome is when the patella doesn't quite line ip on the bone and tends to pop over to the side or can give a sensation of grinding. There are some very good exercises that your dr. Can show you that usually will bring the patella back into alignment. I would see my doctor and see if physical therapy or home exercises might not help. Your doctor can recommend some. ...Read more

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