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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Home remedy: Sounds very non -specific. Specific diagnosis difficult without physical exam of the area. Apply a little ice and take 600mg Ibuprofen with food. If not improving over next few days see PCP for a check up. ...Read more

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I do HIIT training 5x/wk. I have a dull pain behind my knee cap that gets worse w/squatting. Any ideas as to what it is or how to make it better? Thx!

I do HIIT training 5x/wk. I have a dull pain behind my knee cap that gets worse w/squatting. Any ideas as to what it is or how to make it better? Thx!

Patellafemoral: It is usually from an abnormality of the patellafemoral joint, the most common is from chondromalacia. Strengthening your quad with knee in extension, such as in straight leg lifts can potentially be seen. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Lately I've had tightness and some dull pain behind my left knee. The symptoms worsen throughout the day; first thing in the morning it's fine though.?

Lately I've had tightness and some dull pain behind my left knee. The symptoms worsen throughout the day; first thing in the morning it's fine though.?

Knee pain on standin: Pain in the back of your knee that worsens as the day goes by and resolves overnight is typically due to a bakers cyst. This is a fluid filled sac that forms in the popliteal fossa, which is a space behind your knee joint. It will cause you pain and a felling of fullness, but should not cause leg, knee or calf swelling, redness or heat. Any of those symptom need evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been on Yaz birth control for two weeks. And have developed a dull pain behind my right knee to calf. Should I relax/see a doc?

I have been on Yaz birth control for two weeks. And have developed a dull pain behind my right knee to calf. Should I relax/see a doc?

I would!: Calf pain can be a sign of a blood clot. You are at increased risk of this on birth control pills. Get checked now! It may be something else, but don't take chances. A clot in your leg can break off and spread to your lung (pulmonary embolus), which is very, very serious. Don't take chances. Find out for sure what is going on. ...Read more

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I want knee pain usually at night its a dull pain and feel like I wnt to pull my knees, there is no inflammation or any bruise or anything?

More info: Need to know more. Where does it hurt on the knee and is it one or both? How old are you and how active? Are you heavy? Does the knee (s) do anything else like swell, lock, giveaway? When? History of any injury? How long has this been going on? Any change in activity? ...Read more

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Hi im been having a dull aching pain in my thighs and legs and I was wondering what it could be... Its not all the time just here. And there also I've been having knee pain and im 28 yrs old?

Hi im been having a dull aching pain in my thighs and legs and I was wondering what it could be... Its not all the time just here. And there also I've been having knee pain and im 28 yrs old?

Can be too active.: If you exercise a lot, like bike riding, this can cause pain in your thighs and legs. It would explain your knee pain also. A lot of bending over, like during housework or gardening, can do it too. I would say take it easy for a few days, and if your pain persists, see your doctor to see if there is some other cause. Some simple painkillers, like Aspirin or tylemol, or advil (ibuprofen) can also help. ...Read more

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Why is it at night time I have horrible aching knee pain that wakes me up but I don't get it during the day? Its in both knees.

Why is it at night time I have horrible aching knee pain that wakes me up but I don't get it during the day? Its in both knees.

Knee pain at night: Causes may be multifactorial: vascular, radicular from the lower back, autoimmune, inflammatory, referral from the hips, electrolyte imbalance. Have a thorough check up! ...Read more

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I've had intermittent aching knee pain since I was a child. Now21. No injuries. Worse at night. Sometimes lower back/knee pain. What could this be?

I've had intermittent aching knee pain since I was a child. Now21. No injuries. Worse at night. Sometimes lower back/knee pain. What could this be?

Evaluate: There is little information in your question as for a diagnosis or a suspicion of a diagnosis. You need to see a rheumatologist and you need to be examined, a 20 years old pain it is not usual as for problems usually get better or get worse. ...Read more

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Severe knee pain & crunching for 3 month. Now full leg is hurting & aching painkillers not helping, what can I do?

Severe knee pain & crunching for 3 month. Now full leg is hurting & aching painkillers not helping, what can I do?

See doctor: Sounds as though u may have injured cartilage in knee (meniscus) or (if you're significantly overweight) may have worn down cartilage at ends of femur and tibia (arthritis). See fp/orthopedics/sports med doc for thorough exam, probable mri, possible knee arthroscopy & other appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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Dancer with knee pain. Symptoms- a painful to touch lump on the side, hot and swollen after dance, aching after too much pressue & gives way sometimes?

Dancer with knee pain. Symptoms- a painful to touch lump on the side, hot and swollen after dance, aching after too much pressue & gives way sometimes?

As a dancer: YOU NEED HEALTHY KNEES! , ...and it sounds to me like you may have INTERNAL DERANGEMENT of one or both of your needs (Cartilage damage)
SEE A BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIST for an examination, possible MRI studies and GOOD LUCK!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Left side that pain left knee pain left leg aching constantly x-rays looked okay from Dr. Please help in a lot of pain and don't know what to do?

Left side that pain left knee pain left leg aching constantly x-rays looked okay from Dr. Please help in a lot of pain and don't know what to do?

Needs evaluation.: Leg pain/knee pain merits an evaluation of the knee joint (may require an MRI), leg muscle, artery and vein status (requires careful history, physical exam and possible noninvasive doppler tests). This approach by an orthopedic surgeon can determine the cause of pain and optimal therapy. ...Read more

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I am experiencing back pain (side: lower), aching muscles, pain shooting down the leg, knee pain and lower leg pain. The following also describe me:?

I am experiencing back pain (side: lower), aching muscles, pain shooting down the leg, knee pain and lower leg pain. The following also describe me:?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. In the mean time you may take an over the counter pain medication like acetaminophen.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Aching knee pain laying in bed I have spastic cerebral palsy and was on my feet for 5hrs today could this be arthritis?

Aching knee pain laying in bed I have spastic cerebral palsy and was on my feet for 5hrs today could this be arthritis?

Probably more a: Soft tissue problem like a tendonitis, common in CP. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sciatica, low back pain, aching muscles, buttock itch, leg pain, knee pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, knee pop and legs?

I am experiencing sciatica, low back pain, aching muscles, buttock itch, leg pain, knee pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, knee pop and legs?

A lot going on: Will need to take one issue at a time the back and radiation to buttock may be one issue. This is separate from the knees and the itching. See your doctor and discuss one issue at a time calzone need to give a good history ...Read more

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I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

Need a Dr to exam: You need a physician to exam your knee and images you might injured a ligaments before and this is aggravated now with specific movement you did
you need x ray and possible MRI
take it easy on you knee until you see dr and try to to put weight on it
food luck ...Read more

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I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

This needs 2 B eval-: -by an orthopedic surgeon. It can B from mall alignment of your extensor mechanism 2 an arthritic problem. A hands on exan & imaging need B done. ...Read more

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Dull Pain in groin, inside of thigh, behind knee and in calf - is this likely muscular or vascular?

Dull Pain in groin, inside of thigh, behind knee and in calf - is this likely muscular or vascular?

Not vascular: Age unknown w. pain unilateral groin, thigh, posterior knee & calf suggests neural impingement absent vascular involvement & swelling distal leg. Sacroiliac joint disorder can arouse sciatica & groin pain. Other considerations: Sartorious Syndrome & Pyriformis Syndrome. Vertebral stenosis w. nerve root impingements does not typically refer pain to groin. Osteopaths discern soft tissue disorders. ...Read more

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Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Knee pain: May be Bakers cyst, tendonitis, hematoma though they should hurt more with exercise. Also though rarer in a male consider a clot, becasue clots are dangerous would f/u today with doctor /urgent care may need sonongram that can visualize clots, bakers cysts or a hematoma ...Read more

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Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Be seen: There are so many possibilities that it is really hard to say without more history and the benefit of an exam. An avid runner is at risk for a stress fracture. Symptomatic chondromalacia at the patellofemoral joint, a meniscal tear, an inflammatory condition of the knee like chondrocalcinosis are all considerations. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Lump and ache pain behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Lump and ache pain behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Depends: Least likely cause is the bakers cyst as these are usually asymptomatic. The only way that a varicose vein could be felt as a lump is if it has clotted off in which case it usually would also be very painful. Therefore this could be a thrombosed varicose vein. Possibility of tumor can not be discounted as it is included in the differential. ...Read more

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Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

A few thoughts: You have to consider what is behind the knee. There are blood vessels, tendons, muscles, knee joint. You have to consider each of these. When you are evaluated these will be looked at to try to clarify your symptoms. ...Read more

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I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

See Ortho: You must discuss this with the orthopedic surgeon as these symptoms warrant attention. ...Read more