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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 am 18 years old, been having knee pain for almost my entire life. The pain is in the backs of my knees and radiates down my shin. What could this be?

I am 18 years old, been having knee pain for almost my entire life. The pain is in the backs of my knees and radiates down my shin. What could this be?

Hard to say: Knee pain your entire life would tend to mean that it is not an acute or progressive problem like a fracture, ligament injury, muscle tear or even tumor. Chronic things include arthritis, meniscus, or even vascular. There are long lists of things that it could be but you really need to see a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon who can examine your knee and do images to get a better answer ...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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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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I have inner knee pain that hurts all the way down my shin bone what could this be ?

I have inner knee pain that hurts all the way down my shin bone what could this be ?

Thigh muscle: If you knee is normal, the pain can come from injured muscle and fascia in your thigh/leg. The injured areas will be tender, and there will be at least one ropey cord of muscle with knots in it. This pain is called myofascial pain. Seek a massage therapist, physical therapist who can do dry needling, or an accupuncturiest. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain and pain going down the leg to my ankle and shin. The following also describes me: Leg pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing  knee pain and pain going down the leg to my ankle and shin. The following also describes me: Leg pain. What should I do?

Arthritis: There are a number of possibilities but the most likely is some form of arthritis of the knee. Pain down the leg occurs in this condition due to the alteration of leg motion as you guard to protect the arthritis. Try an NSAID such as 400-800 mg of ibuprofen (along with a stomach acidity counteractant like omeprazole), for a week or two .. If that fails, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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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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Im have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

Im have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

Need a Dr to exam: you need a physician to exam your knee and images you might injured a ligaments before and this is aggravated now with specific movement you did you need x ray and possible MRI take it easy on you knee until you see dr and try to to put weight on it food luck ...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?

OA vs PFPS: Two possibilities are most likely. The first is osteoarthritis, or wear and tear ("rust in the joint"). This is usually in middle-age people but can occur earlier with excessive use. Another option is patellofemoral pain syndrome, or inflammation where the kneecap tracks on the femur (upper leg bone). In most people, these can both be helped with antinflammatory meds and quad strengthening. ...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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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?

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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Severe knee pain bend, walk, stairs, etc. MRI 5 yrs ago partial tear of ACL & cyst. Now radiates in calf/down leg; wakes @ night; ankle fract May '13?

Get examined!: Your symptoms suggest patellofemoral( kneecap) pain. Your 'cyst' may be causing the pain in the back of your knee ( popliteal/ Bakers' cyst ).Not sure if your 'partial' ACL injury is causing symptoms or not without a thorough examination( it can cause cysts in the knee joint occasssionally.) See a board certified ORS. Best of Luck! ...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

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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 intermittent knee pain and pain in the buttuck and down the side of the leg. It is relieved with Aleve (naproxen) once a day. ?

Can try anti-inflamm: Pain in the buttock and down the side of the leg is concerning for 'sciatica' which is usually due to a slipped disc in your spine. How long have you had it? Sometimes these injuries can be from heavy lifting, accidents, etc. You can certainly try an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or naproxen, but I would see a doctor for an exam. In addition to meds- doc may suggest exercise, therapy/more. ...Read more

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Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Sciatica: It is very likely you have sciatica. The sciatic nerve can be irritated with by many things. Recommend NSAIDs, exercise and ab strengthening. Sleep and sit on hard NOT soft surfaces. If not better definitive treatment is medrol dose pak and/or PT. ...Read more

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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my knee. Along with the knee pain i have shooting pain down my leg towards the ankle. Can arthritis cause pain down the leg?

Not commonly: You maybe having symptoms from your lumbar spine. At age 30, you are on average too young to develop significant arthritis in your knee. There is a chance your knee pain and leg pain is coming from your back. Go see an orthopaedic surgeon or spinal specialist. ...Read more