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Doctor insights on: Knee Instability Symptoms

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Which procedures are performed on people with knee instability?

Which procedures are performed on people with knee instability?

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

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Problems with knee instability a year after ACL surgery. What should I do?

Problems with knee instability a year after ACL surgery. What should I do?

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

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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

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

Orthopaedic Eval.: Consider an orthopaedci evaluation. Weightbearing xrays will be helpful in determining whether or not you have significant arthritis and whether or not the swelling is due to the meniscus tear and/or any underlying arthritis. ...Read more

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Could knee instability and menstrual cycle be connected? Knee seems weaker during cycle week - have torn acl. Or is it my imagination?

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

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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.

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

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What is patellofemoral arthralgia mean? What are the symptoms of having that? Also what does having a lateral instability mean in the knee?

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

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What are the symptoms of having weak knees?

What are the symptoms of having weak knees?

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

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Blood in knee is a symptom for?

Blood in knee is a symptom for?

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

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How to cure runners knee symptoms?

How to cure runners knee symptoms?

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

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What are some symptoms of knee injuries?

What are some symptoms of knee injuries?

Knee injuries: Knee injury is accompanied by pain, swelling, bruising, feelings of weakness or buckling, at times numbness and tingling., giving out or instability, difficulty with stairs, kneeling, squatting, pivoting, crouching, running, jumping. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arthritis in your knees?

What are the symptoms of arthritis in your knees?

Many possible: Symptoms of arthritis may include: joint crepitation, inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. ...Read more

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Where are trigger points that can help jumper's knee symptoms?

Where are trigger points that can help jumper's knee symptoms?

Patellar tendinitis: This condition typically is treated with activity modification, nsaids, a chopat strap, and exercise program/physical therapy. Sometimes injections or, in very rare cases, surgery. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of puncture wound of the knee?

What are the most common symptoms of puncture wound of the knee?

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

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of "water on the knee"?

Need expert help here. What are symptoms of "water on the knee"?

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

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Liposarcoma knee. What are the symptoms of a liposarcoma behind the knee?

Liposarcoma knee. What are the symptoms of a liposarcoma behind the knee?

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

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My knee makes a cracking sound when I bend it. Is this a symptom of something?

My knee makes a cracking sound when I bend it. Is this a symptom of something?

Yes: This indicates the cartilage behind the knee or the part of the thigh bone, have some problems in the cartilage covering it. ...Read more

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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. 

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

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Is weak knees the symptom of anything?

Is weak knees the symptom of anything?

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

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Very unusual knee symptoms - any experts on here?

Very unusual knee symptoms - any experts on here?

Need to know more: Symptoms are usually expression of problems so would need to know a lot more about your complaints before saying something is unusual. ...Read more

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I need help with diagnosing knee symptoms. Who do I see?

I need help with diagnosing knee symptoms. Who do I see?

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

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What symptoms make runner's knee the most likely diagnosis?

What symptoms make runner's knee the most likely diagnosis?

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

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What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

Many possible signs: Signs may include: inflammation, pain, swelling, bruising, and reduction of motion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a meniscal root tear in the knee? Please explain

What are the symptoms of having a meniscal root tear in the knee? Please explain

Pain, swelling: You have have painful walking, especially up and down stairs, hills, or side to side, or squatting. There may sometime be painful locking, catching buckling. Your knee may be swollen or have fluid in it. ...Read more