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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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Why would I have sharp knee pain on downhills or descending steps, but no pain going uphill?

Why would I have sharp knee pain on downhills or descending steps, but no pain going uphill?

Pain in knee: Descending stairs or downhill places more stress on the quad as the quad is expected to eccentrically "fire." often time are quads are stronger in the concentric (shortening) range of motion and not in the eccentric (lengthening) mode of motion. Work with a physical therapist to strengthen your quads eccentrically and you may experience less pain. E.G., walking slowly backwards on a treadmill. ...Read more

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What are the next steps for me to take if I continue having knee pain while cycling after getting a proper bike fitting?

What are the next steps for me to take if I continue having knee pain while cycling after getting a proper bike fitting?

C an ortho.: A good orthopedic exam & imaging may help. Even if u have a great fit, an internal derangement will still give u trouble. ...Read more

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After jogging 4 mi, approx. 24 hrs later, I have inner/side knee pain when going up steps and walking. A week has past. Not red or hot, little edema.

After jogging 4 mi, approx. 24 hrs later, I have inner/side knee pain when going up steps and walking. A week has past. Not red or hot, little edema.

Poss. Meniscus tear: Persistent knee pain raises the question of a tear or partial tear of a meniscus. See an orthopedist or physiatrist. No jogging in the mean time. ...Read more

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Chronic knee pain, on lateral side and below kneecap, when bent, run, do steps. I can't move my knees unless I do slowly after. Can't walk right now.

Chronic knee pain, on lateral side and below kneecap, when bent, run, do steps. I can't move my knees unless I do slowly after. Can't walk right now.

Knee pain: Anterior (front of the knee) pain most commonly occurs in young active females. The symptoms you describe are typical. Luckily the condition can usually be treated non-surgically with physical therapy, bracing, rest, anti-inflammatories as needed. Recommend evaluation by orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I am male 47 I don't have any medical complaints except little knee pain when climbing on the steps. But now I like to learn swimming shall I join?

Checkup: You should be able to join swimming, but given your age and without knowing your past medical history, might be a good idea to get that annual checkup first to make sure your health is ok. Knee pain while climbing stairs usually indicates patellofemoral syndrome. It can be treated with gentle quad strengthening exercises, such as a leg press in a gym or squats at home with light weights. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on top of my knee cap specially when going up and down steps. I have a lot of grinding in my knee.?

I have knee pain on top of my knee cap specially when going up and down steps. I have a lot of grinding in my knee.?

PatellaChondromalaci: PT is good only if it is emphasizing short arc quadriceps exercises. Build the part of the thigh muscle that controls the knee cap-the VMO. The glocosamine-chondroitin and wait a moth before seeing an ortho for an ejection. Surgery is good esp. If knock-kneed. ...Read more

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I have a bugging knee pain on the outer left side. Usually I forget it's there unless I go down the steps or move my knees more. It's not affecting me so I can just leave it or should I get a doctor to check it? Which specialist?

I have a bugging knee pain on the outer left side. Usually I forget it's there unless I go down the steps or move my knees more. It's not affecting me so I can just leave it or should I get a doctor to check it? Which specialist?

Needs orthopedic Eva: Appears possible lateral ligament or capsular strain, usually anti inflamatory meds, and splinting with support with knee brace, if symptoms worsen, you need to see an orthopedic specialist ...Read more

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My teenager is complaining of knee pain when running and jumping but not at other times. Next steps?

My teenager is complaining of knee pain when running and jumping but not at other times. Next steps?

D/C running& jumping: At least until you have figured out why it hurts stop doing the things that cause pain. Maybe it is a simple problem that requires only some tincture of time, but maybe iris a sign of more serious damage that requires some professional attention. If a couple of days of going light on it does not help, get it examined. ...Read more

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My knee hurts if I go down a 1.5 step- no higher. What exercise can help?

My knee hurts if I go down a 1.5 step- no higher. What exercise can help?

Determine the cause: Before you start exercising the knee, determine the cause of the pain. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have been having severe knee pain in one knee for the past couple days. Now the pain is also going above my knee & calf. Laying down hurts worse.

I have been having severe knee pain in one knee for the past couple days. Now the pain is also going above my knee & calf. Laying down hurts worse.

Knee pains: Need thorough clinical exam followed by appropriate investigations for cause and treatment by your physician, internist or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Back of knee hurts and bulges?

Back of knee hurts and bulges?

Bakers cyst: It sounds like you have a baker's cyst. It is a benign swelling which is a marker of inflammation within the knee. I would see an orthopedic surgeon who can figure out what is causing the inflammation/swelling in your knee. If that is treated successfully, the baker's cyst, and the associated pain, will likely go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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My knee hurts wicked bad! Possible causes?

My knee hurts wicked bad! Possible causes?

Many.: Could be tendinitis, inflammation or a meniscal tear, etc. See an orthopedic sports medicine knee surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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My knee hurts for about a year what could it be?

My knee hurts for about a year what could it be?

Get Xray: It is most likely arthritis. You should go to doc to have an xray done. There are other causes such as meniscal and acl/pcl damage which shows up on an mri. ...Read more

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When I lay in bed the left side of my knee hurts?

When I lay in bed the left side of my knee hurts?

Meniscus.: This could be indicative of a meniscal tear. One of the most common complaints that patients have is pain on the side of the knee when when rolling over in bed at night. ...Read more

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Knee hurts when I bend it but not when I stand on it?

Knee hurts when I bend it but not when I stand on it?

Multiple reasons: Many pathologies can cause knee pain with knee flexion. Without more info and an exam, it is difficult to give a firm diagnosis. If pain is severe, you should be evaluated by your primary care physician or orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My knee hurts from jogging a week ago. Is this normal?

My knee hurts from jogging a week ago. Is this normal?

No: Sore muscles are normal but knee pain is not. Usually it's a meniscus issue but get it looked at if it persists or gets worse ...Read more

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What to do if my knee hurts and what can I do to help?

Ice the knee.: You can apply ice packs to the knee, 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day. If you can take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, that would help as well. If you're no better in a week or so, then you should see an orthopedic knee specialist for further assessment. ...Read more

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What can I do if my knee hurts and clicks, what's wrong?

What can I do if my knee hurts and clicks, what's wrong?

Meniscal tears: You seem to have some of the signs of a meniscus issue. Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury; some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. It may be a wise decision to see an orthopedist to evaluate your knee. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My knee hurts badly! What can I do to alleviate the pain?

My knee hurts badly! What can I do to alleviate the pain?

Knee pain: If you are having a lot of pain the first right thing to do is seek the help of a medical professional - in this case an orthopedist. As we don't know your medical history here, advising meds can be a bad idea as there could be interactions or allergies. ...Read more

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What things must I consider not doing when my knee hurts?

What things must I consider not doing when my knee hurts?

Not seeking help!: Knee pain can be for many reasons, with the most common being osteoarthritis, a condition that is to many other inflammatory conditions. A smart doctor will know this & screen you for other chronic disabling diseases. See your dr!
in the meantime, pain is nature's splint. It is telling you something is wrong. Most important thing is not to make it worse. Little or weight on it, get a diagnosis! ...Read more

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My knee hurts when I straighten / lock it. What can I do?

My knee hurts when I straighten / lock it. What can I do?

Have it checked out: There are lots of causes of knee pain. If your knee hurts and it hasn't gotten better in 2-3 weeks your should see your primary care provider or an orthopedist for an evaluation. They can listen to your symptoms, examine your knee, and determine if any other testing (xrays, mri, etc.) may be needed. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my knee hurts badly! Help please.?

What do you suggest if my knee hurts badly! Help please.?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments or exercise therapies available. ...Read more