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Knee pain started after the gym. For days now, i've been doing gymnastics again without pain but only hurts when i climb/descend stairs. What do I have? What do I have to do?

Knee pain started after the gym. For days now, i've been doing gymnastics again without pain but only hurts when i climb/descend stairs. What do I have? What do I have to do?

Patella femoral : If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely patella femoral pain syndrome/chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more

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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've been having knee pain only on stairs. Now its constant. I can't bend it or straighten it?

I've been having knee pain only on stairs. Now its constant. I can't bend it or straighten it?

Knee cap problems: Or chondromalcia.The most common symptom of this problem is knee pain that increases when you walk up or down stairs. Simple treatments — such as rest and ice — often help, and motrin, but sometimes physical therapy or even surgery is needed to ease patellofemoral pain. ...Read more

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What causes knee pain above knee walking up and down stairs?

What causes knee pain above knee walking up and down stairs?

Patello-femoral: You are describing some of the symptoms commonly associated with patella-femoral pain. The most common cause is chondromalacia patella (softening of the cartilage under the knee cap / precursor to arthritis. Other cases include supra pr infrapatella tendonitis or partial tears. See an orthopedist and get evaluated. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on the outside of my knee and sometimes on the inside. Walking hurts but going up stairs is very painful. No direct injury. Cause?

I have knee pain on the outside of my knee and sometimes on the inside. Walking hurts but going up stairs is very painful. No direct injury. Cause?

Prob chondromalacia : Probably chondromalcia patellae or simply the patella impacting the femur. Usually related to quadriceps muscle weakness. Pain on inside of knee could also be a bursitis, related to the accompanying knee instability. ...Read more

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Severe knee pain when i get up&down from any seat, up&down stairs, &trying to get off the floor is nearly impossible.My knees shake it hurts so bad.

Severe knee pain when i get up&down from any seat, up&down stairs, &trying to get off the floor is nearly impossible.My knees shake it hurts so bad.

Unusual: Late teenage female with severe bilateral knee pain with range of motion has an unusual problem. Absent a history of bilateral knee injury, these symptoms suggest an autoimmune arthritic problem or an inherited problem of joint hypermobility syndrome. A rheumatologist would be the type of medical specialist to consult. ...Read more

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I get really bad knee pain and it gets really hard to walk up stairs or move things around. I exercise and stretch Im only 19 is there something wrong?

I get really bad knee pain and it gets really hard to walk up stairs or move things around. I exercise and stretch Im only 19 is there something wrong?

Something wrong: You need to see your primary doctor. If he/she can help you that's fine. If not you will be referred to a joint specialist. Have your doctor refer you. ...Read more