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What is the best treatment for my limited knee extension?

What is the best treatment for my limited knee extension?

Limited knee ext: It depends upon the cause. Check with imaging to make sure it's not a fracture or loose body. If it it purely soft tissue outside the joint, then progressive exercises with pt, nsaids, modalities/laser may help. ...Read more

Can't Straighten Knee (Definition)

The inability to completely extend the lower leg at the knee can be temporary or permanent. It can be due to a birth defect, or to a later injury or illness, or immobility. Causes vary and the treatment and outcomes ...Read more


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Why is knee extension is difficult after ACL reconstruction?

Why is knee extension is difficult after ACL reconstruction?

Swelling or scarring: Acutely after acl reconstruction the knee can be swollen and this could hinder knee extension. Physical therapy is started quickly after surgery to regain extension. It is vitally important to regain knee extension asap or scar tissue can form in the front of the knee. Once this scar tissue forms extension maybe very difficult to obtain and surgery my be required. ...Read more

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What's a risk from knee extension?

What's a risk from  knee extension?

Tears dislocation: The structures that could be injured include cartilage, . Meniscus, ligament, tendons, etc even a fracture ca occur. You need an evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you get a hyper-extension in the knee or ankle?

How do you get a hyper-extension in the knee or ankle?

Sport injury: A hyperextended knee injury occurs when the knee extends past a normal range of motion in the straight position. Essentially, the knee bends back on itself. Hyperextension can range from a mild injury, which is sore but heals in two to four weeks, to a severe injury requiring surgery and extensive knee pain medicines the ankle could be hyper extended in sport (dirt bike, on a rug ). ...Read more

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Does leg extension exercise bad for knees ? and what machines to avoid in gym as not to increase knee pain ?

Does leg extension exercise bad for knees ? and what machines to avoid in gym as not to increase knee pain ?

It depends on what U: R having pain from. There's multiple causes of knee pain, & 2 answer the question, please say what the pathology is. If U don't know C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedist. ...Read more

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What would cause rt burning knee pain to wake me up in the middle of the night. Pain is relieved with extension but brutal to get to so. No injury.

What would cause rt burning knee pain to wake me up in the middle of the night. Pain is relieved with extension but brutal to get to so. No injury.

Knee pain: Several possibilities and this requires a good physical exam followed by imaging to make a probable diagnosis. I would suspect a patellar and/or tendon issue more than an intra-articular problem. See an orthopedist. It will probably only get worse if you try to ignore it. ...Read more

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had patella repair surgery patella now sits higher my knee is deformed when sitting. I hear a rubbing noise during extension Do I need surgery again?

 had patella repair surgery patella now sits higher my knee is deformed when sitting. I hear a rubbing noise during extension Do I need surgery again?

Most likely no: Your condition is known as patella alta! It does increase the joint forces in certain positions and activities. You may eventually need surgery If you have sufficient pain and discomfort. But not as a rule! ...Read more

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What is the rate of fatigue of knee flexion and extension?

What is the rate of fatigue of knee flexion and extension?

That depends on your: Conditioning most importantly, and on the type/duration of exercises you do. As you get better and more conditioned the rate would decrease. ...Read more

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Does kt tape help knee hyper extensions?

Does kt tape help knee hyper extensions?

Probably not: Hyper extension of the knee is usually caused by ligamentous laxity or muscle imbalances about the knee. It would not likely be significantly improved with taping. ...Read more

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Why do patiens who have total knee replacemwnts need to keep their leg in extension?

Why do patiens who have total knee replacemwnts need to keep their leg in extension?

Short term: Most orthopedic surgeons do not do this however those who do only do it for a few days...motion is encouraged right away. Loss of extension is very bad for knees in general. That is why some Ortho docs use them right after surgery but only while they are laying in bed ...Read more

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Why would the rate of fatigue be similar for knee flexion and extension?

Why would the rate of fatigue be similar for knee flexion and extension?

Knee muscles: Both the quadriceps and hamstring muscles are responsible for extension and flexion. Both muscle groups are equally large and powerful. ...Read more

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What age is to too old to receive physical therapy on your knee flex/extension?

What age is to too old to receive physical therapy on your knee flex/extension?

No limit: I prescribe therapy for my patient of all ages who have arthritic knees and other conditions. This assumes they are well enough from a medical standpoint to do therapy. ...Read more

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I'm a dancer and I have hypoextension/under extension of the knee. im tight in the muscles behind my knees, could this be the culprit?

I'm a dancer and I have hypoextension/under extension of the knee.  im tight in the muscles behind my knees, could this be the culprit?

Yes: The problem could be abnormal tightness in the hamstring muscle rather than a problem with the knee joint itself. If this is the case, a physical therapy program designed to loosen this muscle body may be the best approach. I recommend a consultation with an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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What is a normal range of motion in the knee? Also what is the normal range of motion for knee extensions? Mine is -11 which i know is not good

What is a normal range of motion in the knee? Also what is the normal range of motion for knee extensions? Mine is -11 which i know is not good

0-135 degrees: For knee extensions, strength exercises, best not to go full extension, especially if you have knee problems. -10 to 15 degrees full extension is best. ...Read more

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Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Meniscal tear: Sounds like swelling arises from within the knee joint, indicating something is wrong inside the knee. Alternatively, if you are a runner or cyclist, iliotibial band bursitis could cause similar symptoms. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, rest this weekend, and see a sports medicine or orthopedic doctor next week. ...Read more

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I had a lateral release and chondroplasty on my left knee on 5/20/16. I have knee pain, bend to 87 and extension to 10 and little weight bearing.

I had a lateral release and chondroplasty on my left knee on 5/20/16. I have knee pain, bend to 87 and extension to 10 and little weight bearing.

Repeat MRI: This is obviously not a normal recovery process. Most patients will have normal motion by now. The need for a chondroplasty suggests you have some cartilage damage. Have you had an MRI since the surgery? This would be helpful to help define the continued problem. Injections, extensive physical therapy are other options. If I can help, the join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Hi Could you please tell me what is the possible diagnosis of child with limp ,knee pain,elevated rotation of the hip with reduced flexion&extension?

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Could you please tell me what is the possible diagnosis of child with limp ,knee pain,elevated rotation of the hip with reduced flexion&extension?

Difficult to say for: sure without an exam. It could be toxic synovitis which is caused by a virus, but also could be a bacterial infection or other serious issue. So, please see your doctor/have the child seen by a doctor, either the primary care doctor, or an orthopedist or the emergency room. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee, not sure how. It's painful with twisting certain ways, full extension, & full flexion. Pain is medial near LE. I have ultrasound pics.

I hurt my knee, not sure how. It's painful with twisting certain ways, full extension, & full flexion. Pain is medial near LE. I have ultrasound pics.

Knee pain: Pain in the knee without a history of an injury may have many causes. You should be seen by an Ortho dr if if persists and or worsens. Ultrasound views r not currently diagnostic ...Read more

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Lt. Knee pain agg. In full extension and also slight pain while walking.No click sound no swelling no trauma. What's the m/c causes? No specific hx.

Lt. Knee pain agg. In full extension and also slight pain while walking.No click sound no swelling no trauma. What's the m/c causes? No specific hx.

Most common...: Most common cause of knee pain @ your age without a history of any trauma to the knee and no rheumatologic conditions is patellofemoral or kneecap pain. If it continues or worsens see your physician for examination. Best of luck! ...Read more