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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...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.

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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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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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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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 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 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

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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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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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