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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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I have had knee pain only at night when i try to lay on my side and lay the inner part of my knee on the mattress. The only way i can sleep is turning on my opposite side and keeping the painful leg off the mattress.?

I have had  knee pain only at night when i try to lay on my side and lay the inner part of my knee on the mattress. The only way i can sleep is turning on my opposite side and keeping the painful leg off the mattress.?

Hamstring tendinitis: While there may be many causes of this pain, two very common sources is hamstring tendinitis that occurs from limping. The limping is often caused by weakness of the quad muscles, but can also be caused by knee problems such as arthritis. If you have had a fall recently, the cause can also be an mcl tear. To isolate the problem, a trip to your friendly neighborhood orthopedist may be helpful. ...Read more

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Experiencing knee pain but only at night when I lay down to go to sleep. No previous knee injuries. What could be causing this? I'm not overweight.

Experiencing knee pain but only at night when I lay down to go to sleep. No previous knee injuries. What could be causing this? I'm not overweight.

Many reasons: Patellar tendinitis, fat pad irritation, ligament injury or Osteoarthritis ( unlikely at your age) can cause night time pain. See your doctor for X-rays and further evaluation. Meanwhile Ibuprofen might help. ...Read more

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I am 21 years old and every year when it starts to get cold i get severe knee pain at night. What does that signify?

I am 21 years old and every year when it starts to get cold i get severe knee pain at night. What does that signify?

Inflammation probabe: There is no scintific evidence why some people get pain in the knees when it gets cold, it seems you get some inflammation in the knee joints and you may take Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin to relive these symptoms if you are not allegic and can tolerate it but people with preexisting arthritis can feel the pain get worse or start when it gets cold so have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some causes of inside knee pain, at night, gets better if i walk around, hurts again, repeat walking?

Can you tell me some causes of inside knee pain, at night, gets better if i walk around, hurts again, repeat walking?

Many: Usually this involves either an inflammatory issue (arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, synovitis) or an injury to the cartilage (meniscus tear or articular cartilage damage). Of these, the most common are arthritis and meniscus tears. ...Read more

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6 yr old has sever knee pain at night and cant walk?

6 yr old has sever knee pain at night and cant walk?

Knee pain: Knee pain, swelling, redness, and warmth can be signs of a serious infection. Any child who cannot walk from pain should be seen promptly by a doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause of knee pain in the middle of the night?

What could  cause of  knee pain in the middle of the night?

Nocturnal knee pain: Usually arthritis is the culprit, making it difficult to find a comfortable position at night. Try a pillow between the knees. Check with an orthopedic surgeon for exam and xray to make sure there is nothing more ominous such as a tumor, albeit rare. ...Read more

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Knee pain much worse sitting or in bed at night--behind the knee?

Knee pain much worse sitting or in bed at night--behind the knee?

Likely tendonitis: Pain that is worse at rest and at night may be tendonitis. The hamstring tendons attach behind the knee and if inflamed may be the cause of your pain. Stretching and anti-inflammatories are a good place to start. ...Read more

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Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

A few thoughts: You have to consider what is behind the knee. There are blood vessels, tendons, muscles, knee joint. You have to consider each of these. When you are evaluated these will be looked at to try to clarify your symptoms. ...Read more

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Im having terrible knee pain that I can't sleep at night, been having it for some time now. Done tests & all results were fine. Pls help?


Im having terrible knee pain that I can't sleep at night, been having it for some time now. Done tests & all results were fine. Pls help?

DJD: By age 50 virtually everyone has signs of degeneration in the anterior compartment of the knee- the patella and tendon,,bursa and ligaments. The important question to ask is what is your body weight? The knees are sensitive to mechanical loads as the bodies center of gravity. You reference pregnancy and possible weight gain. If X-rays and exam are normal try a knee sleeve & topical NSAID's. ...Read more

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Had knee pain 2 years ago had knee scope and had a lot of rough tissue scraped out now waking up in middle of night with same knee pain.would scope he?

Had knee pain 2 years ago had knee scope and had a lot of rough tissue scraped out now waking up in middle of night with same knee pain.would scope he?

Knee pain: More than likely you have ongoing degeneration of the knee. There are other options that may be considered - Steroid injection into the knee joint, Stem Cell/PRP injection into the knee joint. ...Read more

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Dull Knee pain that wakes me up at night and hard to go back to sleep?

Dull Knee pain that wakes me up at night and hard to go back to sleep?

See Ortho if Needed: Usually most pain resolves on its own, however if it persists or you have swelling noted you may want to see an orthopedic doctor to evaluate it further. Use Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) around the clock for the next several days to help as well. ...Read more

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