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Knee Instability Symptoms
Multiple causes: Knee instability occurs due to knee ligament injuries, malalignment problems and muscle weakness to name a few causes. We try to define and fix the problem. Muscle weakness with physiotherapy. Ligament injuries with reconstruction of the ligament or bracing. Alignment issues may require an osteotomy. Get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex knee problems. ...Read more
I don't get to see the orthopedic before 9 days now is there anything I can do for my chronic knee instability pain till I go to that appointment?
Knee instability: Use crutches or some aide to avoid the knee from repeatedly going out. Use ice and elevate the extremity. ...Read more
Check with surgeon.: Check with your surgeon. Generally, if your having instability it is usually one of two things: Your ACL is not working properly, or, you may be having instability from a kneecap tracking problem. ...Read more
How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability
Could knee instability and menstrual cycle be connected? Knee seems weaker during cycle week - have torn acl. Or is it my imagination?
? Not sure/maybe: This is an intriguing question. I treat or have treated many women w/ acl deficient knees. No patients that I can recall have noted or questioned me on an association between menstrual periods and increased knee instability, but there may be in some patients... Increased estrogen and prog. During pregnancy increase joint'laxity' in the pelvis...Possible it may impact your knee laxity slightly... ...Read more
What are the symptoms of having a meniscus displacement tear of the root? Is surgery the only options? I have slipping and instability of the knee.
Symptoms can vary: Your symptoms can range from nothing to mechanical with or without pain. Mechanical symptoms can present as having a sense of catching or locking as if something is getting stuck. Some can get a sense of instability. Depending on your symptoms and age a variety of interventions can be tried ranging from nonoperative to operative. Based on your symptoms surgery would be recommended. ...Read more
What is patellofemoral arthralgia mean? What are the symptoms of having that? Also what does having a lateral instability mean in the knee?
Knee area pain: The patellofemoral joint is the joint where the kneecap articulates with the femur or thigh bone. Inflammation of this joint is not uncommon in young women and often resolves by itself in time. Lateral instability is the movement of the kneecap to the outside of the joint. It is also not uncommon in young women and specific exercises can help. ...Read more
I have joint instability (my knees shake when I bend them), TMJ type symptoms (also a joint) and basically joint problems. Can mold cause this?
What would need to be ruled out with these symptoms. Pain in a knee tka especially on the medial side, periodic s.O.B and low grade temp?
See your doctor: For an exam. An infection is likely. Other causes can explain your symptoms. ...Read more
Giving way: Weak knees tend to give way. Giving way episode can cause damage to both the knee and potentially other body parts if you fall. A comprehensive lower extremity strengthening program should help as long as you do not have any underlying medical condition that is causing muscular weakness. ...Read more
Blood in knee: Bleeding into the knee joint can occur with trauma. In the absence of injury, spontaneous bleeding into the knee joint can occur with anticoagulant medications or with a bleeding disorder due to blood diseases where platelets are too low or liver disease, vitamin K deficiency. Blood in the knee joint tends to cause inflammation and pain. ...Read more
Stretch: Please see my previous answer on runners' knee. Briefly, stretch your hamstrings and it band before and after u run. Avoid running hills. Use ice massage to tender areas for 20-30 min after u run. Try otc nsaids. If it continues to hurt despite above rest and crosstrain! Good luck! ...Read more
Pain, blood, hole: A puncture wound of the knee will manifest as a hole which usually bleeds when fresh. It is generally painful unless very small. It is important to get a history of what caused the puncture to properly treat it. Besides washing out and using an antibiotic cream on the wound, some puncture wounds may need to be treated with a tetanus shot. ...Read more
Sign of inflammation: 'water' or fluid in your knee usually indicate your knee is 'unhappy' about your activity level. This can often be from arthritis or a meniscus tear. These injuries, either chronic or acute, can create inflammation with activity which in turn, causes the knee to swell. An x-ray or MRI would help give you more information as to the specific causes. ...Read more
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Which conditions link brisk knee jerks and absent plantar response, amongst others symptoms such as.?
Nerve damage foot: Can be nerve damage in the leg/foot at the level of the knee, muscle weakness in the calf/leg, restriction/disease in ankle/foot joints preventing motion, or improperly performed test. Follow up with nerve conduction velocities and EMG studies with a neurologist. Other etiologies/causes are possible. If with severe pain, then immediate testing and evaluation for vascular compromise necessary. ...Read more
What should I do for knees that 'crack' (when I slightly twist), which happens from time to time? No pain or visible symptoms; no previous injuries.
Don't worry: Joints may pop or crack occasionally, but if there is not any pain or swelling and the cracking doesn't cause any other discomfort or activity limitations, then there is no reason to worry. ...Read more
Yes: Weakness is most often the result of reconditioning - getting stronger requires effort by the patient to get your leg and thigh muscles strong. When this does not work, there can be rare neurologic or muscular cases. Again, these are rare. Hard work is usually the answer. Start walking, and light strengthening. You will see results if you put in the time! See your doc for more guidance! ...Read more
Primary care phys: I'd recommend to see a primary care physician. Sometimes the problem can be resolved at this point. But sometimes he/she needs to refer you to different specialists and that depends on the type of symptoms/signs he/she can find during the encounter. This specialist could be an orthopedic surgeon, a rheumatologist, a podiatrist, etc. Depending on the case. ...Read more
Pain in front ofknee: Pain in the kneecap, or just below or above it, is usually consistent with runner's knee. You should try to keep your muscles well balanced with strength and flexibility, to minimize or alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more
Several: Pain, swelling, popping, catching, and grinding are all possible symptoms. ...Read more
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