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35 yrs old 4 children and have bad knee pain with nerve pain running down both legs especially when sitting down or in bed more pain when I go gym?

35 yrs old 4 children and have bad knee pain with nerve pain running down both legs especially when sitting down or in bed more pain when I go gym?

Good Examination: Not sure if your pregnancy history has a role in your current pain? There are some pregnancy related back problems. You have symptoms of discogenic pain and sciatica. At this point I would recommend a good history and examination to better diagnosis your problem. Therapy would be a good first step. However, not all therapy is the same; it is very dependent on the diagnosis and examination. ...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


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I am experiencing knee pain. It specifically flares up after running for about a mile. The pain runs down the back of my upper leg, down into my calf?

I am experiencing knee pain. It specifically flares up after running for about a mile. The pain runs down the back of my upper leg, down into my calf?

Choices baker's cyst: The first thing that comes to mind is could this be a Baker's cyst. This is the swelling in the back of the knee and can go up the back of the thigh and down the calf. There are also tendons and bursitis that can cause these problems. This is something you need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

Giving way...: Is a nonspecific sign and does not indicated tears or any other pathology. However, if your pain is worsening it is important to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal physician to determine the cause and correct treatment of your knee pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain, lower leg pain and knee stiffness. The following also describes me: Excessive running. What should I do?

I am experiencing knee pain, lower leg pain and knee stiffness. The following also describes me: Excessive running. What should I do?

Runs w knee/leg pain: May be tendonitis, IT band (from hip to knee), patella mal-alignment, patellofemoral syndrome, shin splits / stress fracture. Would check for patella alignment, meniscus, flat feet, check shoes that they are not worn, consider kinesiotape on knees, shins, ice, rest. Follow up with ortho/ podiatry as you have to take a break from running if stress /fracture or shin splits ...Read more

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Help please! I'm having knee pain, running don't know why?

Help please! I'm having knee pain, running don't know why?

Could be many things: Depends on what kind of pain, where, symptoms, etc. You should of course see someone to examine your knee. Generally speaking there are many things that can go into knee pain with running, outside of an obvious injury things to consider are improper running form, starting too aggressively with a new program, poor shoes, an old injury that didn't heal, weak hips causing affecting the knees. Depends. ...Read more

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How do I manage knee pain after running?

How do I manage knee pain after running?

Knee pain: First check to see that your shoes fit properly and that your running is not irritating your knees due to poor mechanics. If pain continues then see your doctor. Meanwhile try ice to the knees after running. Consider changing exercise from running to something like bike riding or rowing. ...Read more

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How to recover quickly from knee pain after running?

Ice and rest: The best thing you can do is to determine the cause of the pain. Then you can start a program to resolve the issue. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What's a fast way to take care of knee pain after running?

What's a fast way to take care of knee pain after running?

Ice: Ice the knees for 15-20 minutes after running. If it persists, see an orthopedist to determine the cause. Sometime exercises are all that you will need to resolve the issue. ...Read more

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I've been having some knee pain after running. How can I stop it so that I can keep running?

I've been having some knee pain after running. How can I stop it so that I can keep running?

Need a diagnosis: First you see your doctor for a diagnosis and then treatment plan. Sounds like you will have to rest that knee for a while ...Read more

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I have recently started running and have developed knee pain, especially behind my left knee. I've stopped running but what else can I do?

I have recently started running and have developed knee pain, especially behind my left knee. I've stopped running but what else can I do?

Strengthen: Quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program. If this isn't helping then consider evaluation by an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I have knee pain from running. What should I do?

I have knee pain from running. What should I do?

Strengthen: Quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program. If this isn't helping then consider evaluation by an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Does running gives you issues later in life like knee pain etc?

Does running gives you issues later in life like knee pain etc?

Not usually: Therory tested on cows, and those exercised didn't fare any worse than th9se who didn't. Of course they didn't put jogging shoes on the cows ...Read more

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What can be done about knee pain when running and jumping?

What can be done about knee pain when running and jumping?

Find cause: Knee pain with activity can be caused by a variety of intrinsic knee problems as well as pain stemming from outside of the knee. Getting a formal evaluation by a physician trained in musculoskeletal medicine/sports, pain, or orthopedics is a good idea! ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate knee pain that only occurs while running?

What can I do to alleviate knee pain that only occurs while running?

See below: Decrease your running by 50%. If it still hurts, decrease it again until it doesn't hurt when you run. Once you reach that point, wait 2 weeks and then 1ncrease by 10% per week. ...Read more

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How should I treat knee pain (i believe tendonitis) from running and how long does it take to heal?

How should I treat knee pain (i believe tendonitis) from running and how long does it take to heal?

Rest, ice anti-inflm: Tendinitis or sprain can take 1-2 weeks. Would recommend rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories such as alleve, naprosyn (naproxen) etc (with food). The the knee, I would also recommend quadriceps strengthening exercises - straight leg raises lying flat on the back. ...Read more

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If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

See a doctor: You need to see a podiatrist or sports medicine orthopedist so they can examine not only your knee but your ankles, feet.
Don't forget to take your shoes with you so they can be checked also. ...Read more

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I was a runner as a teen and notice that now running causes me hip and knee pain I never had before. Why is this and what can I do?

I was a runner as a teen and notice that now running causes me hip and knee pain I never had before. Why is this and what can I do?

Weekend warrior: The most obvious answer is -- you are out of shape. You are still young, but not as young as you used to be. You may need to start slow and build up miles gradually. Also, stretch after warming up and after. With hip and knee (especially the outside/lateral part of knee) pain you may have a tight iliotibial band (itb). Google stretches for that. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get knee pain from running. I used a foam roller and ran a half marathon last year. But the pain has come back, what should I do?

I get knee pain from running. I used a foam roller and ran a half marathon last year. But the pain has come back, what should I do?

Sportmedicine MD: I would not trust self diagnosis in this situation. I would seek out a good local sportsmedicine specialist. ...Read more

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Knee and running... When running, sometimes, on 5-6 km I am having left knee pain. Usually it occuer in the morning. What can I do?

Supplement/OTC: Some good options for general joint pain: try a glucosamine-chondroiten supplement (+/- msm or asu). Can also try an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Motrin or naprosyn (naproxen). I am also a big proponent of daily stretching especially the hamstrings if you are having knee pain especially around or behind the knee cap. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of knee pain after running every am?

How do I get rid of knee pain after running every am?

New shoes: Start with a gait analysis. If you are an under or over pronator and your shoes aren't correcting for it, that could be the cause. Go to a good running shoe store and have them do a gait analysis, it's free. They can recommend shoes and/or orthotics to correct the problem. ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize backaches and knee pain caused by running?

What can I do to minimize backaches and knee pain caused by running?

Running: Warm up, stretch, cool down, ice, heat, hydration, have a trusted coach or runner check you for any significant running bad habits. ...Read more

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My teenager is complaining of knee pain when running and jumping but not at other times. Next steps?

My teenager is complaining of knee pain when running and jumping but not at other times. Next steps?

D/C running& jumping: At least until you have figured out why it hurts stop doing the things that cause pain. Maybe it is a simple problem that requires only some tincture of time, but maybe iris a sign of more serious damage that requires some professional attention. If a couple of days of going light on it does not help, get it examined. ...Read more

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After seeing a physiotherapist I was told that my knee pain is caused by weak glutes. Is this severe and how long should I take off running?

Knee pain in runners: Knee pain in a runner can be due to a myriad of different things. I invariably see weak gluteus medius and hip abductor muscles in runners, especially distance runners. While it is probably not the only direct cause, it is probably contributing to your pain and needs strengthening. You should continue to follow up with pt and no run until you can do so pain free. ...Read more

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Will I be able to run after my osteotomy? Before my knee pain, I was an avid runner. Will I be able to return to running after my osteotomy? .

Will I be able to run after my osteotomy? Before my knee pain, I was an avid runner. Will I be able to return to running after my osteotomy? .

Don't do it: You may be able to run but you shouldn't the constant pounding from running will continue to cause deterioration in the knee and may lead to significant progression of the arthritis. Try non-weight bearing exerises such as cycling. ...Read more

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Will I be able to run after my osteotomy? Before my knee pain, I was an avid runner. Will I be able to return to running after my osteotomy? .

Will I be able to run after my osteotomy? Before my knee pain, I was an avid runner. Will I be able to return to running after my osteotomy? .

Possibly: If you are having a high tibial osteotomy, it is possible for you to run after a full recovery from surgery; however, these osteotomies are done to unload a joint that is strarting to become arthritis. Therefore, running, or other high impact activities, are not typically recommended following an osteotomy. ...Read more

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I had surgery (lateral release/right knee) 1 year and 6 months ago. I still have chronic knee pain/pinching when walking or running, help!?

I had surgery (lateral release/right knee) 1 year and 6 months ago. I still have chronic knee pain/pinching when walking or running, help!?

Chondromalcia: Usually how under go lateral release they have mal-tracking of the patella and chondromalcia of the patella, if the chondromalcia is sever it take long time to recover and may not recover completely if it is mild it may recover. Ask your surgeon how bad was the changes we grade from 1-4 good toworse. ...Read more

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F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

New evaluation: If you still have significant knee pain one year after surgery, you should consider getting a complete re-evaluation, possibly with another MRI, to be sure that nothing else is wrong with the knee. Talk with your Doctor. ...Read more

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Soccer player w/ knee pain, 8/10. No major injury, MRI +xrays show nothing. Worse pain in outside right knee. Tried ice, rest, stretches, running. Help?

Knee Pain: Many issues that could be causing your pain, without evaluating you its hard to assess. It could be a lateral meniscus pain, lateral collateral ligament issue, hairline fracture, patellar ligament pain, fibular head dislocation, etc... I would suggest seeing a properly trained sports medicine physician. ...Read more