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How do I get the swelling down around my knee-cap, from running?

How do I get the swelling down around my knee-cap, from running?

Ice/elevate/compress: Besides simply resting your leg, you should apply ice, over a compression wrap (elastic wrap), and elevate your knee (on the couch). You can also consider an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Seek medical evaluation if the swelling and pain do not subside in several days. ...Read more

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Why is it that when I am running, my knee cap feels like its jiggling and loose? I run about 16-20 mi/wk, never felt this?

Why is it that when I am running, my knee cap feels like its jiggling and loose? I run about 16-20 mi/wk, never felt this?

Tracking problem: The kneecap is designed to glide in a groove in the thigh bone (femur). The movement is controlled by the thigh and hip muscles. Weakness in these muscles can result in the kneecap bouncing around in the groove. This can ultimately lead to pain. Other possible contributing factors to a sensation of the kneecap "bouncing" around are bowlegs, knock-knees, foot pronation, and other malalignments. ...Read more

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I've been trying to start running again but everytime I do I get a pain in my upper knee cap. What is this and how can I prevent it?

I've been trying to start running again but everytime I do I get a pain in my upper knee cap. What is this and how can I prevent it?

Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on side of knee cap/around knee cap. Running/biking daily before but haven't exercised for 4 days and pain still here. Worse w/standing/bending?

Sharp pain on side of knee cap/around knee cap. Running/biking daily before but haven't exercised for 4 days and pain still here. Worse w/standing/bending?

Patellofemoral pain: Your symptoms are characteristic of ' chondromalacia of the patella' or kneecap pain.Pain can occur from actual softening of the kneecap cartilage, tendinitis, instability of the kneecap or malalignment of your lower extremity( or a combination of the above). Rest, nsaids and isometric quad strengthening w/ hamstring stretching would be recommended initially. See your ors if symptoms continue. Gl! ...Read more

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What could cause pain above my knee cap after running?

What could cause pain above my knee cap after running?

Tendinitis.: Quuadricep tendinitis is very common in that area. Usually responds to anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain above knee cap after running?

Quad tendinitis: The quadriceps muscle inserts via a thick tendon onto the top of the kneecap (patella). Quadriceps tendinitis (painful inflammation or intrinsic injury) can occur in the tendon with trauma or an overuse injury. Nonoperative management usually works: rest, ice, NSAIDs, stretching (heel toward buttocks), and potentially formal physical therapy can all help. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain above knee cap after running?

Is it normal for me to be having pain above knee cap after running?

Probably not: Pain above the knee cap could represent quadriceps injury/inflammation, or pain in the patellofemoral joint (behind the knee cap), or inflammation of the joint. If your symptoms are severe or persistent i would recommend seeing a physician. ...Read more

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Why does my knee hurt under knee cap during and after running or standing/walking for a long time and i'd have to pop it all the time bc it locks?

Why does my knee hurt under knee cap during and after running or standing/walking for a long time and i'd have to pop it all the time bc it locks?

PTF: Or patella-femoral syndrome is what it sounds like. Hard to say for sure without a phys exam, but could be. It has to do with tracking of the knee cap through the femoral grooves (at the top of the knee). This can be fixed with a brace, but more importantly quad strengthening to correct the "over-pull" of one quad side verse the other. Try the exercises attached while waiting to get pt prescriptio. ...Read more

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