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Have large knot behind knee, calf it's has gotten bigger. Leg painful and having muscle cramps. Hurts to bend it, stand, lay it on things. What is it?

Have large knot behind knee, calf it's has gotten bigger. Leg painful and having muscle cramps. Hurts to bend it, stand, lay it on things. What is it?

See MD: Sounds like a Bakers' or politeal cyst most commonly seen secondary to arthritis w/ a degenerative meniscal (cartilage) tear. Fluid from your knee joint leaks out thru the tear in the cartilage (and knee capsule) and collects and forms the cyst. Very common; however see your primary care physician to rule out other potential problems (DVT, etc.)best of luck! ...Read more

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What muscle is behind the knee? Feel a bulge?

What muscle is behind the knee? Feel a bulge?

Muscle behind knee: Hamstrings. Also gastrocnemius and biceps femoris. The bulge could be a popliteal cyst. ...Read more

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What is the muscle behind the knee called?

What is the muscle behind the knee called?

Muscle behind knee: The hamstrings. Also gastrocnemius and biceps femoris. ...Read more

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What muscle or ligament is directly behind the knee cap?

What muscle or ligament is directly behind the knee cap?

Knee joint: The knee cap is an integral part of the muscle/tendon complex that comprises the muscles of your anterior thigh which attach inferiorly at the upper part of the tibia. The knee cap exists as a bearing structure against the front of the knee joint which is protected directly behind it. ...Read more

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I have pain and muscle tension behind knee while walking. What can I take?

I have pain and muscle tension behind knee while walking. What can I take?

Diagnose first: It is better to diagnose your problem properly before treating. Many reasons for this but a better diagnosis gives you a better chance of more effective treatment, less chance of improper or dangerous treatment, and in most cases is the most efficient way to go.
This tension can be one of several things (for example hamstrings tendonitis, baker's cyst, others) and more information is needed. ...Read more

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I'm a dancer and I have hypoextension/under extension of the knee. I'm 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. I'm 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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For about a month now, I've had a strange pain in my inner thigh muscle, down to my knee, behind it and outside of my calf. It's worse while sitting.

For about a month now, I've had a strange pain in my inner thigh muscle, down to my knee, behind it and outside of my calf. It's worse while sitting.

Easy, I think?: Sounds like you have a "groin" pull. You must be doing something that is keeping that irritated. Think about any new activity you have begun. ...Read more

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Is bump on leg behind knee from pulled muscle?

Is bump on leg behind knee from pulled muscle?

It depends.: It is possible, but it may also be a baker's cyst, which can indicate that there is something structurally wrong within your knee. ...Read more

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Pulled muscle behind my left knee fell off od a latter monday?

Pulled muscle behind my left knee fell off od a latter monday?

See a doctor: Persistent pain after a trauma such as falling off a ladder needs to be evaluated by a physician. Pain behind the knee after a fall could be a torn meniscus. ...Read more

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Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Need to check them: They do not sound like anything serious from your description, but they concern you and no one can know for sure without checking. ...Read more

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Is there any documentation of the plantaris muscle/tendon originating behind the medial part of the knee rather than lateral?

Is there any documentation of the plantaris muscle/tendon originating behind the medial part of the knee rather than lateral?

Plantaris: Not that I have ever read. But I have seen a lot of abnormal anatomy cases lately. Abnormal Nerve distribution, extra tendons, etc. So..... Any thing is possible. ...Read more

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Have lump on muscle behind knee no pain at all just happened to feel it the other day and been wondering why one leg is noticably larger then other?

Have lump on muscle behind knee no pain at all just happened to feel it the other day and been wondering why one leg is noticably larger then other?

Baker Cyst: If the "bump" is directly behind the knee and not associated with pain the most likely etiology is a "baker's cyst" or popliteal cyst. These are usually benign though at times can become quite large and become bothersome due to limitation they place on bending the knee. They can, though rarely, rupture and result in swelling and pain in the lower leg mimicing a deep vein thrombois (dvt). ...Read more

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I have one inch diameter lump behind knee just above calf on inner side of knee, I've been stretching calf muscle last 3 days pain behind knee?

Bakers cyst: This is most likely a baker's cyst. This is a pouch of joint fluid collecting behind the knee. It can occur with most types of arthritis and with repetitive squatting. The most common cause is osteoarthritis. There are other more dangerous causes of a lump in this area. You should see your doctor to get a definite diagnosis. If you have calf pain and leg swelling go directly to the er. ...Read more

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My dad is 50 and he has a stiff/tight pain behind his knee. No pain, not hot. He goes to the gym a lot. Blood clot or muscle? Help

Synovial cyst: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining your father, however, clot or muscle problems are unlikely. He may have an early synovial cyst, also called Baker's cyst. He may wish to consult a doctor at his convenience.
For you: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Behind my knees there's a small muscle that are very sore. Hard to stretch legs. Been sore for a long time, now aches at night. Shld I stretch more?

Behind my knees there's a small muscle that are very sore. Hard to stretch legs. Been sore for a long time, now aches at night. Shld I stretch more?

Baker's cyst: See your physician for an examination, ask about an a possible fluid filled sac that can cause a hard mass behind the knee. ...Read more

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Arthritic right knee and right sided hemiparesis post stroke. Movement restricted by big knots in muscles around back of knee. How to remove knots?

Arthritic right knee and right sided hemiparesis post stroke. Movement restricted by big knots in muscles around back of knee. How to remove knots?

Physical therapy: There may be some muscle contraction after the stroke causing the discomfort. A physical therapist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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I have muscle like pain behind my knee right above the knee area- didn't do anything to it - should I be worried about blood clot- no redness/swelling

I have muscle like pain behind my knee right above the knee area- didn't do anything to it - should I be worried about blood clot- no redness/swelling

Unlikely a clot: This does not sound like a clot to me but if you are concerned you should certainly see a doctor for evaluation
lupus can increase the risk of clots. ...Read more

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I was wondering what kind of injury I have? I can't explode off of my right leg due to a football injury I tore my knee up real bad playing football. This was back in 2005. Ever since then I have had this pain in the muscle behind my shin, I'm not sure w

I was wondering what kind of injury I have? I can't explode off of my right leg due to a football injury I tore my knee up real bad playing football. This was back in 2005. Ever since then I have had this pain in the muscle behind my shin, I'm not sure w

While: While a more thorough evaluation by a physician (like an orthopaedic surgeon or someone trained in sports medicine) would be more likely to give you a firm diagnosis, the history and symptoms you provide may be consistent with a tear of the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. Can you detect any visible difference in the appearance of the muscles from affected to non-affected sides? Are there any other symptoms, perhaps related to your knee, that go along with this? If it continues to bother you, consdier getting checked out by someone who can give you a complete evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

Swelling, history: Calf pain/soreness itself fortunately does not raise concern for a blood clot. Significant swelling of 1 leg but not the other especially in the context of recent immobilization (long flight, injury requiring hospitalization/bedrest) or surgery would suggest a risk of a blood clot in the veins of the leg. History of a clotting disorder or cancer also contributes to suspicion. ...Read more

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My muscle have non painful spasms. Usually behind my knee cap. Today on my arm. Sometimes on my face or temple. Its very strange. What is that?

My muscle have non painful spasms. Usually behind my knee cap. Today on my arm. Sometimes on my face or temple. Its very strange. What is that?

Fasciculations: You are describing fasciculations. There are different causes for these, ranging from very benign causes to severe disease. See your doctor for definitive diagnosis and a treatment plan if necessary. ...Read more