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Is it bad for your knees to climb stairs?

Is it bad for your knees to climb stairs?

Maybe: Stair climbing place significant impact on the knee cap. So, if you have knee pain related to either inflammation or arthritis of the knee cap (front of knee), then stairs may not be he best things to do. Along that line, things like kneeling or squatting are not great for knees as well. Read more

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I injured my left knee about six years ago. Will stair climbing affect bad knee? Weigh 150 and am 60 yrs old. Have some pain when climbing stairs.

I injured my left knee about six years ago. Will stair climbing affect bad knee? Weigh 150 and am 60 yrs old. Have some pain when climbing stairs.

Maybe: The answer to this question depends on the source of your pain. I would find a good local orthopaedic surgeon and get appropriately evaluated and then pursue a treatment plan. Read more

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Is my knee infected? I fell on the street yesterday, and badly scraped my knee. It is painful, need to take painkillers almost 3-4 times a day, hurts when I walk, climb stairs. This pic is one day after I fell. I have been cleaning it, applying antibiotic

Based: Based on the photo and your description, the knee is not infected. You should continue to gently cleanse the knee with soap and water on a daily basis. You should continue to apply neoporin or other antibiotic cream and a clean sterile bandage such as a bandaide. Your knee is healing fine. If the area around the knee becomes angry red, hot to the touch and more painful, you should see your doctor as it may be becoming infected. You should also see your doctor if you develop a temperature over 100.4 f (38 c) or if you develop shaking chills. Read more

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What could cause pain in my knee when crouching or climbing the stairs?

Cartilage - meniscus: Crouching and climbing increase the load across the patellofemoral joint under the knee cap and cartilage damage in the area of the patella and trochlear groove would cause pain when crouching or climbing stairs. A meniscal tear would also likely be more symptomatic with crouching or climbing stairs. Orthopaedic evaluation is indicated. Read more

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What to do if I have pain in my knee when crouching or climbing the stairs?

Unilateral knee pain: If one knee is affected, often osteoarthritis is the problem. Meniscal injuries and tendinitis can co-exist (which can present with "giving way" of the joint - or instability). Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome has pain in front of the knee cap, with squats and when walking up stairs. PT to strengthen the quadricep muscle is required +/- knee brace. Short-term use NSAIDs (like Aleve) with meals. Read more

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Knees are paining and have difficulties in climbing down staircases?

Knees are paining and have difficulties in climbing down staircases?

Chondromalacia: Patellar chondromalacia refers to an irregular or rough cartilage surface of the undersurface of the patella or kneecap. Pain that is most noticeable with climbing stairs (down or up) is usually related to chondromalacia patella. Physical therapy to help strengthen your quadricep muscles can be very helpful for this condition. Read more

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Knees hurt when climbing, bending, sitting with knees bent. Also hamstrings?

Knees hurt when climbing, bending, sitting with knees bent. Also hamstrings?

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 more

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Whenever I climb stairs, I can hear a noise coming from my knees. There's no pain but it's disconcerting. Should I be worried?

Whenever I climb stairs, I can hear a noise coming from my knees. There's no pain but it's disconcerting. Should I be worried?

Knees: Noise can sometimes emanate from movement of joints and usually represent joint fluid moving around. If there is no pain or swelling, then it likely does not indicate anything serious. But to be certain, it would be worthwhile to obtain an x-ray of the knees. Read more

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Knees hurt after climbing 3 flights of stairs to apartment. Dr said my kneecaps slide around, loose/flexible. Any exercises to help and strengthen?

Knees hurt after climbing 3 flights of stairs to apartment. Dr said my kneecaps slide around, loose/flexible. Any exercises to help and strengthen?

Patellar Tracking: Your description sounds like patellar tracking disorder. The kneecap (patella) shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. The kneecap shifts too far toward the outside of the leg. Weak thigh muscles, being overweight, poor alignment of the knee joints, any injury to the knee, all can contribute. Treatment has two goals: reduce pain and strengthen muscles around the knee. Hv dedicated PT. Read more

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I'm 28 years old, but my knees have started making these crackling sounds. What is it? There isn't any real pain involved, but they make this horrible noise when I work out and when I climb flights of stairs.

I'm 28 years old, but my knees have started making these crackling sounds. What is it? There isn't any real pain involved, but they make this horrible noise when I work out and when I climb flights of stairs.

Cartilage wear: Cartilage, which covers the bones, is smooth. This smooth surface along with joint fluid, help to maintain painless joint motion as a result of normal wear, cartilage develops surface irregularities which create a grinding sound when making contact. In the absence of pain continue to strengthen the muscles around your knee and moderate the amount of stair climbing and plyometrics. Read more

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I have pain in my knees while climbing stairs?

Many causes: Usually is the articular cartilage in your age. Can work on quad and hamstring strengthening. If no response meds, bracing, weight loss, pt. Need ortho eval. With xrays and maybe further testing to determine source of pain. Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain when I climb stairs?

I am experiencing knee pain when I climb stairs?

Osteoarthritis knee: Is most common but many possibilities. If osteoarthritis, staying active & a quality glucosamine+chondroitin supplement to help rebuild cartilage sourced from U.S., e.g. Nutrasense (most=sourced from China) has best track record of easing pain over several months, though zero quick relief. Typical only pain meds +/- steroid treatments used yet=no benefit for joint health & can add new problems. Read more

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I am facing severe pain in my knees while climbing stairs.

I am facing severe pain in my knees while climbing stairs.

Rest a lot: Try MOtrim 600 mg every 12 hour if no improving go to see an Orthopaedic and a aNTI-inflammatory treatment for pain.. MRI of knee will help to find a diagnosis. Read more

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Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

No pain=no problem: As long as you do not have accompanying pain or limited mobility, popping or cracking of joints should be of no concern. The tissues in joint may have minor rough spots or imperfections that cause sounds. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! Read more

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What are the risks of knee injury connected to sport climbing?

What are the risks of knee injury connected to sport climbing?

Varies: It varies in part based upon your level of confitioning and whether you are able to avoid obvious injury such as a fall. Over use injuries can include tendon injuries to the patellar tendon and hamstrings. Ligaments that can be injured in a fall can include the mcl, lcl, ACL, and PCL. Read more

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What care a middle aged person should take who has started feeling knee pain while climbing staires, squatting etc.

What care a middle aged person should take who has started feeling knee pain while climbing staires, squatting etc.

See details: I am not sure I would classify 43 as middle-aged. However, there are many causes of knee pain. I would suggest having the knees evaluated to determine the cause and the best therapy. Read more