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Doctor insights on: Loss Of Knee Reflex

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Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Depends: If both knee reflexes and both ankle reflexes are "jumpy" it could be a thyroid condition. If only one knee is jumpy, it increases the chances that it is from some problem with the nerves from the spine. If you have a weird ache near the outside of your thigh, that increases the chance it is from the spine. Please get it tested more thoroughly. ...Read more

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Could exuberant knee reflex be a symptom of spinal cord injury?

Yes: Nerves originating from the brain suppress reflexes to a degree. With certain spinal cord injuries, this suppressive effect is interrupted, and reflexes can be very brisk as a result. ...Read more

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Why dont I have a knee reflex in my right leg but I do in my left?

Why dont I have a knee reflex in my right leg but I do in my left?

IDK: Do you have any neuromuscular disorders? Do you walk normal? If so, the reflex should be there. Sometimes can be harder to illicit reflex on one side in doctors office by hitting ligament/tendon just right. If you haven't seen doctor, have him/her check it out. ...Read more

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At the neurologist the other day he said my knee reflex was a little hyper but didn't mention anything else. Could this mean anything? 2mth postpartum

At the neurologist the other day he said my knee reflex was a little hyper but didn't mention anything else. Could this mean anything? 2mth postpartum

Sounds pretty benign: The key to your "hyper" reflex meaning nothing is that you're 25 years young and the neurologist "didn't mention anything else." young people typically have active tendon reflexes which point to their youth. I've replaced my mumblings at an examination with technical jargon when touching patients by phrases such as "that's good", "fine....Looks good", "very good...." patients worry lots less. ...Read more

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Is no reflex in knees a cause for concern?

Is no reflex in knees a cause for concern?

Not necessarily: About 10% of people do not have knee reflex. If both knees we are not generally concerned. If only one leg, then there is cause for concern. ...Read more

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While sitting when i put hands on the tops of my knees to stand they do a kick reflex is that normal?

While sitting when i put hands on the tops of my knees to stand they do a kick reflex is that normal?

Hyperreflexia: It sounds a bit extreme to cause a kick (patellar) reflex just by placing your hands on your knees. Go see your doctor for possible hyperthyroidism etc. Check out http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hyperreflexia. ...Read more