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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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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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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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Pain back of knee &pain underneath kneecap on shin. Extreme limp after sitting down. Feels stiff but stretched out. No injury, pain for about 2months?

Pain back of knee &pain underneath kneecap on shin. Extreme limp after sitting down. Feels stiff but stretched out. No injury, pain for about 2months?

Chondromalacia patel: This sounds like chondromalacia patella which is softening of the cartilage underneath your kneecap. Best treatment for this is to do exercises that strengthen your quadriceps muscles. You can discuss with your physician about this or after your evaluation if x-rays and other imaging looks okay you could have physical therapy help you work on a new program ...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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Outside left knee pain, pain is near kneecap, unable to bear weight or bend, acl reconstruction in 02?

Outside left knee pain, pain is near kneecap, unable to bear weight or bend, acl reconstruction in 02?

Outer knee pain: Any injury? May be meniscus degeneration, tendinitis, stress fracture (if active), or tibial plateau fracture. Try NSAIDs, ice 15 minutes on 45 minutes off 3-4 x/day, elevate, kinesiotape over sore spot, crutches for a few days and of course follow up with ortho as need xray to check for subtle fracture and may need 3 phase bone scan if still concerned about stress fracture with negative xray ...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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What causes knee pain that comes out of nowhere? No exercise, and pain is around the kneecap.

What causes knee pain that comes out of nowhere? No exercise, and pain is around the kneecap.

See details: Tendinitis or chondromalacia are the two most common causes of knee pain in an 18 year old. Other causes are also possible. If the knee pain persists, see an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Knee pain under kneecap when ever I land on it or run

Knee pain under kneecap when ever I land on it or run

Chondromalacia patella: Chondromalacia patella indicates softening of the cartlidge underneath your kneecap. Unless you have a major damage there before you can rectify this with quadricep muscle exercise stretching and find muscles will help the patella glide over the lower part of your femur which is where the top of your knee is. Increasing the tone in this muscle helps protect your knee in lots of settings. ...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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During long hike, going uphill was fine. On downhill, sharp knee pain under kneecap. Any ideas? Why only pain on downhill not uphill? Thank you.

During long hike, going uphill was fine. On downhill, sharp knee pain under kneecap. Any ideas? Why only pain on downhill not uphill? Thank you.

Likely: Your patella (kneecap is the issue). Whether its due to arthritis and cartage wear or muscle weakness around the knee is a decision that your and your doctor will discuss. Suggest seeing an musculoskeletal orthopedic specialist to evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I dance over 10 hrs a wk &have knee pain on the outside of my kneecap for over a wk but I don't remember injuring it... Is it simple overuse or worse?

I dance over 10 hrs a wk &have knee pain on the outside of my kneecap for over a wk but I don't remember injuring it... Is it simple overuse or worse?

Sometimes: The pre-patellar bursa may get inflame, but it will get swollen. Other times the ligaments above or below your patella can get strained, as well as collateral ligaments in each side of knee. Rest and ice should help, if persists, go have evaluated. ...Read more

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Knee pain for years on and off, on inner side of both knees, right next to kneecap? Causes? Only 16 years old.

Knee pain for years on and off, on inner side of both knees, right next to kneecap? Causes? Only 16 years old.

Hard to say: There are numerous causes of knee pain with chondromalacia one of the most common at your age. See an orthopedist and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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3yo daughter complaining of r knee pain off and on for a month now. Suggestions of what could cause this? Kneecap source of pain. No known injury

3yo daughter complaining of r knee pain off and on for a month now. Suggestions of what could cause this? Kneecap source of pain. No known injury

Best to have: Her checked out and possibly referred for physical therapy to get her knee back in shape. May not have any medical problem or she may. Make an appointment with her pediatrician. ...Read more

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Chronic knee pain, on lateral side and below kneecap, when bent, run, do steps. I can't move my knees unless I do slowly after. Can't walk right now.

Chronic knee pain, on lateral side and below kneecap, when bent, run, do steps. I can't move my knees unless I do slowly after. Can't walk right now.

Knee pain: Anterior (front of the knee) pain most commonly occurs in young active females. The symptoms you describe are typical. Luckily the condition can usually be treated non-surgically with physical therapy, bracing, rest, anti-inflammatories as needed. Recommend evaluation by orthopedic surgeon. ...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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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.?

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

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?

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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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more