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Left knee pain, no swelling or bruising. Painful when, often or moved, however no pain when weight bearing. Pain when walking on, y because of movement?

Left knee pain, no swelling or bruising. Painful when, often or moved, however no pain when weight bearing. Pain when walking on, y because of movement?

Chondromalacia: Knee pain in a 16 year old female is often related to chondromalacia. This involves the joint behind the kneecap. See an orthopedist. Specific exercises often provide good benefit. Of course, other causes for the pain such as tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis of the knee itself are also possible, . ...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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I have knee pain above knee, hurts esp walking up/down stairs or standing up. Feels like it needs to pop but won't. Pain is constant. No known injury.

I have knee pain above knee, hurts esp walking up/down stairs or standing up. Feels like it needs to pop but won't. Pain is constant. No known injury.

Patella pain: Typically pain in that region originates from poor function of the kneecaps. If this in fact is true, a series of treatments may be helpful to eliminating the symptoms... injections, therapy, braces and even surgery can play a role in treatment of this condition ...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 I'm 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 I'm 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

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I ran 1.5 miles and now have knee pain and weakness when walking, doing stairs, etc.  itmhas been over a week.  did I damage them?

I ran 1.5 miles and now have knee pain and weakness when walking, doing stairs, etc.  itmhas been over a week.  did I damage them?

Orthopedic consult!: Most knee sprains heal pretty well in 1-2 weeks. If you have "water on the knee" or fluid in the joint space, then this could indicate torn ligaments a/o cartilage. The inside portion of the knee contains an especially fragile complex (terrible triad of o'donahue) in which the medial collateral, the medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament tear as one unit. This injury requires arthoscopy. ...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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Right knee: pain bottom left of knee cap; no pain kneeling, pain 1st 4-5 times down stairs and when walking on hard surface store floors for 3+ hours?

Right knee: pain bottom left of knee cap; no pain kneeling, pain 1st 4-5 times down stairs and when walking on hard surface store floors for 3+ hours?

Chondromalacia: Very likely this represents roughened/damaged cartilage behind the kneecap termed patellar chondromalacia. 1st line treatment can include quadriceps, gluteal and hamstring strengthening; it band stretching and a knee brace that stabilizes the kneecap. Many other treatment options exist based on age, severity, activity level, etc. ...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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Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Arthritis: When cartilage is new, it is smooth and glides over each other. When the surfaces become arthritic, they become irregular and grate and crack as they go over each other. When this process involves the under surface of the knee cap, it is often worse going up and down stairs. ...Read more

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Right acute knee pain, burning and bruise- like feeling. Whole kneecap is worse, along its bottom. Stairs are very difficult to use, and it hurts any time I walk. Had a negative x- ray.

Patellofemoral pain?: Based on your description of the problem, your young age, and a negative x-ray, I'm suspicious that your pain may be patellofemoral in nature. If this is the case, exercises to strengthen the quadriceps can be very helpful. An elastic knee brace may also help. Since the symptoms are acute, it is possible that you have a torn tendon or ligament. Ultrasound or MRI can be very helpful. ...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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I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

I am experiencing knee pain, difficulty walking, knee swelling, unable to bear weight, difficulty climbing stairs, severe pain in extremity and popping or snapping sound from joint.

Get mri and xray: Sounds like meniscus tear, see orthopedic, get xray and mri, if overweight lose wt, if not bad, take over the counter pain meds tylenol/aleve. Wear elastic knee sleeve, m can do physical therapy if knee gives way or locks up likely tear ...Read more

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I usually have random pain in my knee. However, today I had some mild pain when walking up stairs, & kneeling. Do I need a brace, wrap it? Please help.

I usually have random pain in my knee. However, today I had some mild pain when walking up stairs, & kneeling. Do I need a brace, wrap it? Please help.

Get evaluated: It is best to get a proper diagnosis and treatment options. You may benefit from physical therapy and strengthening exercises without a proper physical exam and diagnosis it is not possible to recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 48 and experience a lot pain in my left knee when ascending/descending stairs. No pain when walking. What's the cause and any solutions?

I'm 48 and experience a lot pain in my left knee when ascending/descending stairs. No pain when walking. What's the cause and any solutions?

Need more info: Thanks for your question! You should get this looked at by your doc. By the way you describe it (if anterior knee pain) it could definitely be patellofemoral syndrome. However I would encourage you to have it examined and give some additional history. ...Read more

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I had a knee on knee collision and my knee pains to walk up the stairs or extend fully?

I had a knee on knee collision and my knee pains to walk up the stairs or extend fully?

Internal Derangement: I urge you to seek UC evaluation as this may be a patella fracture or an internal derangement inside the knee joint mechanically restricting the normal hinge motion of the joint. Most commonly a meniscus or ACL tear or both! Are you a soccer player or collision sport athlete? A traumatic knee effusion can restrict ROM and be a sign of avulsion fracture. Rest, ice, compression, elevation...now! ...Read more

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While taking depo began to have bad knee pains joined military and pain worsened hard to walk up and down stairs loss of bone density the problem?

While taking depo began to have bad knee pains joined military and pain worsened hard to walk up and down stairs loss of bone density the problem?

Bone density: Loss of bone density at age 17 is very unlikely unless you have a major medical condition.
Maximum bone density increases from your age till about 25 and risk of fracture is low. ...Read more

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Is walking recommended for knee arthiritis and knee pain?

Yes.: Yes, but start slowly with a distance (ehther it is half bloc or a mile) that does not produce pain during, after, or the next day. Then build up gradually, like by 10% each week. NEVER go into pain.
Exercise helps the moemtn of fluid in the joint, clenaing the cartilege of toxic products and bringing in nutrition. Just resting is not good for one. You need to get up and move. ...Read more

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Why do I have knee pain frequently for no reason just from walking?

Why do I have knee pain frequently for no reason just from walking?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities including some form of inflammatory or structural issue with your knee. I would not hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know when knee pain is serious! 67 yr old walking for a couple if months?

How do I know when knee pain is serious! 67 yr old walking for a couple if months?

Disabling pain: Everyone is welcome to have some pain in the knee that comes and goes with activity. The pain is "serious" is if it is constant, effects your ability to function or sleep at night. If it causes you to limp, associated with swelling, locking, buckling, giving way and difficultly with stairs you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Knee pain hurts to walk bend or to do anything started today hurts laying down what can I do?

Knee pain hurts to walk bend or to do anything started today hurts laying down what can I do?

Knee pain: Pain the knee can be due to tendonitis, plica, cartilage wear, synovitis, weakness, vitamin deficiency. Just too many possibilities without a proper diagnosis. If your knee hurts, start with a basic exercise program for your hips and knees and if your pain persists, or if you feel like the knee is giving out then I would see your orthopedist. ...Read more

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What would cause progressively worse knee pain that stems from behind the knee? It is painful to bend and to walk?

Baker's cyst?: Several causes of pain behind the knee. I assume no recent trauma--you may have a baker's cyst--basically a collection of joint fluid extruded outside of the joint and formed sack there behind the knee...As it enlarges, it can cause pain and reduces ability to bend the knee.
A bit clot in the back can do so as well, but you don't have other symptoms to suggest that.
Consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband has had knee pain in the past, but yesterday his l knee was so bad he couldn't walk. Could it be water in the knees?

Possibly: It could be an inflammatory or a mechanical process. Have the knee examined and you will know for sure. ...Read more

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Okay so I posted about having knee pain and being barely able to walk that knee pain is still there but somewhat diminished what should I do?

Okay so I posted about having knee pain and being barely able to walk that knee pain is still there but somewhat diminished what should I do?

See your physician: If seeing a pediatrician, they should be able to tell you what to do and what to avoid doing.
Avoid strenous exercises until cleared by the doctor.
Know your family medical history to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I started walking daily and now my knees hurt very badly, haven't walked in 4 days to relieve knee pain and they hurt just as bad or worse. Why would my knees be hurting like this just from starting a daily walk?

I started walking daily and now my knees hurt very badly, haven't walked in 4 days to relieve knee pain and they hurt just as bad or worse. Why would my knees be hurting like this just from starting a daily walk?

Varies: There are a variety of reasons for a person to have knee pain with walking and an exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause, so I would not hesitate to be seen. Arthritis and internal derangement of the knee would be uncommon in a 37 year old without injury. TFL syndrome is most common cause, which is a tendonitis of a tendon on outside of thigh that inserts on outside of knee ...Read more

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I have knee pain while walking, what should I do?

See a doctor.: The first step in helping any problem is to know what the problem is. This symptom could be a mechanical problem, structural problem in the knee, a sign of arthritis, a problem with your foot or ankle, muscle weakness in the quadriceps muscle, or a referred pain from another area. At your age the most likely cause would be a prior injury, quadriceps muscle weakness, or early osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Knee pain after twisting/ hot, cold, sit, walk, what?

Ice first: After injury ice 36 hours then heat. Is it swollen? Your could have torn cartilage or ligaments. Your evaluation will tell. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now im walking with a cane.?

See your doctor: You may have an injury that has not been treated or healed properly. There are many causes of knee pain including osteoarthritis which is a "wear-and-tear" arthritis from recurrent trauma to the joint leading to loss of cartilage. Football players and jackhammer users can develop this young (in 30's). See your doctor. You may benefit from referral to an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now I'm walking with a cane.?

What to do if I have very bad knee pain. Now I'm walking with a cane.?

Ice.: Ice the knee for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day. You should take an anti-inflammatory, like Aleve (naproxen) or Advil. That will help. Mostly, you should see an orthopedic knee specialist, for treatment. ...Read more

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Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

A few thoughts: You have to consider what is behind the knee. There are blood vessels, tendons, muscles, knee joint. You have to consider each of these. When you are evaluated these will be looked at to try to clarify your symptoms. ...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