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Knee pain down the outside of their leg?

Knee pain down the outside of their leg?

May be from back: Pain that follows this pattern may be coming from the spine, especially if it radiates bellow the knee. Your doctor will need more history and a physical exam to know where the pain is coming from for sure. There are other things that can cause this pattern of pain as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Pain (Definition)

Knee pain is a clinical finding in which the joint (where the bones meet) of the knee is painful to move. This can occur with Injury, arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more


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I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile.  What could this be?

Patellofemoral Pain: Pain in the front of the knee around the kneecap, that often gets worse with using stairs, prolonged sitting, or activity such as walking long distances is called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It can often be addressed with physical therapy. I would recommend seeing a physician to make sure nothing else is going on, and help guide your treatment plan. ...Read more

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Knee pain after tramping for hours then going downhill, uphill is fine. Outside of knee horizontal line in middle. As i lift & lower my leg to step down, not when my weight goes on it. How to fix?

Knee pain after tramping for hours then going downhill, uphill is fine.  Outside of knee horizontal line in middle. As i lift & lower my leg to step down, not when my weight goes on it. How to fix?

Could be: A few things depending upon a history of prior injuries or surgeries, but the discomfort particularly going downhill makes me wonder about the acl (anterior cruciate ligament) and the patellofemoral joint, makes me suggest you see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Hip and knee pain question. Do all hip problems send pain down the leg towards the knee?

Hip and knee pain question.  Do all hip problems send pain down the leg towards the knee?

Most likely: Yes pain in the hip joint and the surrounding area send pain toward the knee area. Thank you. ...Read more

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I am having severe knee pain. Was hit on knee with straight leg. Pain on outside, radiates down shin. Can't fully bend, or bear weight?

I am having severe knee pain. Was hit on knee with straight leg. Pain on outside, radiates down shin. Can't fully bend, or bear weight?

Needs evaluation: Because of the traumatic nature of the injury, this should be evaluated by a physician. The difficulty with weight bearing is concerning, and so please see your doctor at the earliest opportunity. You will need an examination of the knee, and possibly an imaging study as well. ...Read more

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Sharp severe pain in left knee. Pain occurs when bending or lifting leg, when going down stairs, and when pressing quad-edge of kneecap.

Sharp severe pain in left knee. Pain occurs when bending or lifting leg, when going down stairs, and when pressing quad-edge of kneecap.

Protection!: You know the joke "Doc, it hurts when I do this." and Doc says "Don't do that! Well, for now try not to do those things. Also use a good knee brace to protect/imobolize the knee until you can see a doctor for an exam. Rest will help whatever it is to stop further irritation damage. Knees can be unforgiving, so treat them w/ gentle care. Best! ...Read more

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I am having Knee pain from the top of the knee cap that radiates down to the ankle and up to the thigh on the right leg ice is not helping?

Try Advil/Aleve: This problem introduces the phenomenon of 'referred pain'. Usually with this the origin is fairly localizable. As the intensity of the pain increases so does the zone of perceived involvement. This presentation of severe knee pain is not uncommon. Note that this is unlikely to be sciatica. The quadriceps tendon traverses the top of the patella. One possibility is this could be strained. ...Read more

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Should i see a doctor for left leg behind knee pain i can barely walk on it and if i sit down to long for more than 5 min it is really bad for me?

Should i see a doctor for left leg behind knee pain i can barely walk on it and if i sit down to long for more than 5 min it is really bad for me?

Posterior knee pain: Yes, see orthopedic surgeon. Consider arthritis, gastroc soleus strain, popliteal cyst, referred sciatic pain, and rule out a blood clot with venous doppler. ...Read more