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Many things: Several things can cause the knee to buckle. Sometimes, tears of the meniscus or loose bodies within the knee can cause buckling. Other times, pain secondary to irritation of the cartilage behind the knee cap can cause transient shutdown of the quadriceps and cause the knee to give way. Consult a physician and he/she should be able to help. ...Read more
I am a 51 yr old woman active..Good weight...Every now and again my knee will buckle up on me. Why?
Probable ACL tear: The acl is an important stabilizer of the knee. It prevents forward translation of the tibia bone. If torn, it may result in knee instability (buckling). Depending on age and athletic activity of patient it may need to be surgically reconstructed. Surgery is technically demanding and is usually performed by sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more
Is knee buckling a sympton of complex regional pain syndrome? My MRI came back questionable but it feels like something is torn in my knee
Probably not.: Knee buckling is a typically a feature of internal derangement such as meniscal tear. Mechanical symptoms such as buckling or locking are best evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Complex regional pain syndrome is a neurologic disorder with pain, swelling and skin changes as the predominant features. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talked to ortho and says my knee buckling and pain could be rheumatoid arthritis is that possible?
Yes: If your orthopedic surgeon is concerned about you possibly having rheumatoid arthritis, you should take it seriously and see a rheumatologist soon for further evaluation.I get a relatively high percentage of referrals from orthopedic surgeons who truly have inflammatory arthritis (compared to referrals from primary care docs and other subspecialist physicians).An MRI with contrast can prove it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer