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Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight?

Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight?

Nerve injury: Knee injuries may be associated with nerve damage at times which is quite painful- many people guard their knees (avoid use due to fear of pain) and may develop contraction deformities and adhesions which may explain your lack of range of motion. You may need to revisit with your surgeon or seek expert opinion with pain specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Had a work accident 10 weeks ago. Fell on my hands, nose, &knees. Had x-rays. No fracture on right knee&suspicion of a fracture on left wrist. Some numbness on right leg sometimes. Both parts still hurt. Which specialist should I see for my wrist&knee pain?

Had a work accident 10 weeks ago. Fell on my hands, nose, &knees. Had x-rays. No fracture on right knee&suspicion of a fracture on left wrist. Some numbness on right leg sometimes. Both parts still hurt. Which specialist should I see for my wrist&knee pain?

Primary care: Would see your primary care first. If there is significant pain the X-rays should be repeated. Some fractures don't show up immediately after the injury, but after 10 weeks will be visible. Your primary care can then make a referral to an orthopedic surgeon if needed. The numbness may just be from the injury, can take six months to resolve (traumatic neuropathy). ...Read more

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How long will a hairline fractured patella (knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

How long will a hairline fractured patella (knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

6-8 weeks: A fracture usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal, but there are many factors that can slow this down. Smoking, use of certain medications and excessive motion can all slow down the process. Nothing you can eat or srink will speed the process, but quitting smoking, avoiding Ibuprofen or Naproxen and proper immobility will help maximize healing. ...Read more

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If you had tkr may. Continued issues walking and now nov 15 patella dislocates. Knee pain swollen. Thigh edema inner sl bulging. Next plan surgical?

If you had tkr may. Continued issues walking and now nov 15 patella dislocates. Knee pain swollen. Thigh edema inner sl bulging. Next plan surgical?

Evaluate TKR: Early partella dislocation after a tkr that is non traumatic suggests that there maybe a malposition of some of the knee components. See your surgeon for best evaluation and discussion of the situation. Special xrays mayu be required including ct scan and weight bearing xrays of the knee. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic knee pain on the outside of my knee just next to my patella?

What can cause chronic knee pain on the outside of my knee just next to my patella?

Patellofemoral pain: Your symptoms suggest patellofemoral pain;the cartilage underneath your kneecap may be thinning or damaged and causes pain in the kneecap region, esp. W/stairclimbing, squats, lunges etc. Keeping the knee bent for a period of time can be uncomfortable. Isometric quad strengthening, hamstring stretching, nsaids and patellar stabilizing sleeve can be helpful. See ors if sx's persist. Gl! ...Read more

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I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

Cartilage damage: You probably have degeneration of cartilaginous components in the joint.
The most common culprit is the meniscus.
Diagnosis is done by mri, and arthroscopy provides the needed clean up. ...Read more

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I am having medial knee pain around the femur. Point tenderness on medial side with sharp shooting pains under the patella. Why?

I am having medial knee pain around the femur. Point tenderness on medial side with sharp shooting pains under the patella. Why?

Various causes: Possibilities include cartilage damage, tendonitis, osteochondritis dessicans. Any history of injury? An orthopedic specialist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Hi I hv ACL tear and I get bad knee pain around the patella right aftr masturbation. What causes this and how can I overcome it?

Hi I hv ACL tear and I get bad knee pain around the patella right aftr masturbation. What causes this and how can I overcome it?

Neuropathy: It is probally caused by neuropathy. The nerve that innervates the penis is a branch of the Obtourater nerve, This nerve also branches off to form the Femoral nerve which runs down the leg and branches off to form the Genicular nerve and the Tibialis Anterior and Posterior nerves and the peroneal nerves which surround the knee. This may be neuropathy ...Read more

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Quads not firing and knee swollen and I have a limp 4 months after fractured patella, no surgery needed just cast.

Quads not firing and knee swollen and I have a limp 4 months after fractured patella, no surgery needed just cast.

Quads not firing: Does that me you cannot extend you leg? Kick your foot straight out in front of you from the hip with a leg straight and hold it up?

Patellar fractures may be associated with patellar tendon rupture and if you had this your knee would feel less stable and swell and you would not be able to extend your leg.
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7 yr ago lower distal pole fracture patella. 3 years ago wire removed (broke). Kneeling on that knee is very uncomfortable or painful. Normal?

7 yr ago lower distal pole fracture patella. 3 years ago wire removed (broke). Kneeling on that knee is very uncomfortable or painful. Normal?

No: Not normal, but not unusual. You have probably developed some degree of post-traumatic arthritis in the under surface of your patella, otherwise known as chondromalacia. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having a lot of trouble with it. ...Read more

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I fell onto bent knee. Now I get a HORRIFIC pain if I kneel, below patella, on the part that's on floor. I basically can't kneel. My walk is okay, there is no fracture and patella is okay. Whatshould I do?

I fell onto bent knee. Now I get a HORRIFIC pain if I kneel, below patella, on the part that's on floor. I basically can't kneel. My walk is okay, there is no fracture and patella is okay. Whatshould I do?

You need to: See an orthopedist. How do you know there is no fracture? If you know because you went to a doctor, then what did they tell you? Just because you walk does not mean there is no fracture. Patellar tendonitis can be very painful as well. A proper exam is warranted, particularly with that much pain. I would ice it until being able to be seen. ...Read more

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I have opposite knee pain after having meniscus removal and patella surgery in other knee. Why?

Common: Surgery on one knee can cause a change in leg length changing your gait or can simply alter gait by changing knee function. The 'good' knee often takes the brunt of these changes & starts to hurt. A good physician might be able to determine the exact dysfunction (ex. Short leg syndrome;nerve inflammation) & provide a heel lift, osteopathic manipulation, neuroprolotherapy or other recommendation ...Read more

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Opposite knee pain after having meniscus removal and patella surgery in other knee, what to do?

Opposite knee pain after having meniscus removal and patella surgery in other knee, what to do?

See Surgeon: Because your gait has changed the stresses on your other knee have also changed. Talk to your Orthopedic Surgeon. Physical Therapy may be in order. ...Read more

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Knee pain hurts bad to push on front spot just to the inside of patella. Slightly swollen. Feels better completely bent. Hurts to walk & straighten?

Knee pain hurts bad to push on front spot just to the inside of patella. Slightly swollen. Feels better completely bent. Hurts to walk & straighten?

Meniscal injury: Honestly, it sounds a whole lot like the symptoms that are commonly reported with meniscal tears or strains. It seems you already have experience with previous meniscal tear- does this feel familiar? Did you specifically injure it or did it just start hurting out of the blue? You need your doc to examine the knee and perform some tests and maybe an MRI before formulating a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Lateral knee pain under patella & pressure within joint when bent for a long time no pain bearing weight heard loud pop when squatted once what is it?

Lateral knee pain under patella & pressure within joint when bent for a long time no pain bearing weight heard loud pop when squatted once what is it?

Kneecap slippped: Please see my previous answers on patellofemoral pain/ subluxation. Your symptoms suggest your kneecap cartilage is causing you pain... When you squatted your patella (kneecap) subluxated transiently and 'reduced' spontaneously. That's the 'pop' you felt or heard. See your orthopedic surgeon for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take knee swelling to go when cast comes off for patella fracture?

How long does it take knee swelling to go when cast comes off for patella fracture?

Days to weeks: It can take days to weeks for the swelling to resolve, but as long as your x-rays show progressive healing of the fracture, then you should see progressive improvement of the swelling. Try elevating the knee when you are at rest, and you could also try an ace wrap. ...Read more

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I have occasional anterior knee pain on inside of my patella. My knee also feels stiff and sometimes dull deep pain when immobile. (20 yr old runner)?

I have occasional anterior knee pain on inside of my patella. My knee also feels stiff and sometimes dull deep pain when immobile. (20 yr old runner)?

Patellofemoral pain: You most likely have a condition called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It is due to the patella is not tracking properly on the trochlea. This can be due to a variety of causes such as hip flexor muscle weakness, tight it band etc. A program of physical therapy can usually solve this. If pain persists, see your sports medicine ortho surgeon for further work up. An easy home exercise program is here http://nycsportsmed. Com/knee-foot-and-ankle. Html. ...Read more

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Knee pain when lying down and sitting, not bad when walking. Pain is below patella inner part of knee. No previous injury. How is knew pain diagnosed?

PFPS: Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome could certainly be the cause. Typically in women. Sitting with knees bent can make it worse. Essentially an inflammation of the cartilage behind the kneecap. Usually improved with activity, pt, occasionally bracing and nsaids. ...Read more

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Knee pain when going up/down a step. Pain is only located right below patella (almost at bottom tip of patella). Chondromalacia or PFS? 26 yr male.

Knee pain when going up/down a step. Pain is only located right below patella (almost at bottom tip of patella). Chondromalacia or PFS? 26 yr male.

Terminology: The terms Chondromalacia patella & patellofemoral syndrome are often interchanged. REF:http://www. Medicinenet. Com/patellofemoral_syndrome/article. Htm ...Read more

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I have extreme knee pain in the center of the patella I've seen 7 doctors already in two months. Hoping someone can throw out ideas as to what it is.?

Just a thought: DO YOU RUN?????????
"runner's knee is inflammation of the cartilage on the UNDERSIDE of your knee cap!

a knee cap immobilizing brace may help!
just a thought

Hope it helps
DrZ ...Read more

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How often is a knee replacement needed after non-displaced patella fracture, no surgery in 45 yr old otherwise healthy female?

How often is a knee replacement needed after non-displaced patella fracture, no surgery in 45 yr old otherwise healthy female?

Hopefully once: The typically longevity of a knee replacement is about 15-20 years
Not sure if you had a nondisplaced fracture if that s what you need
Id try some other treatments first
you want to hold off on a replacement until you're older
if possible ...Read more

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He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

Knee sprain/strain: You will need to see an Orthopedist for an exam to determine stability. An MRI should reveal what structures are injured. I would suggest reducing strenuous activity that causes significant pain or swelling until diagnosis is made. Use 20 minutes of ice and an Ace bandage for acute swelling/pain. You may also take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or Motrin/Aleve for pain/inflamation. ...Read more

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Hello about 5 months ago I fractured my knee at school and I got treatment but ever since I have had knee pain?

Not enough info: You do not give enough specific information to answer your question. What exactly was fractured and how was the issue treated? You need to address this issue with your own orthopedist. ...Read more

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Knee pain, xray said no fracture, what could it be?

Knee pain, xray said no fracture, what could it be?

A lot of things: The knee have a lot of structure inside and out side to be injured, ligament, cartilage meniscus, all of this dose not show on the x-ray.
Beside when x-ray is normal dose not means no fracture. So to second stage of MRI to the knee if pain persist. ...Read more

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Knee pain and swelling since two months increasing upon activity not releived by antiinflamatory xray shows no fracture?

See a rheumatologist: This is an inflammatory arthritis and needs more detailed evaluation. See a rheumatologist for this issue. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


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