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My right knee has been hurting for a couple of days almost feels like a muscle spasms, can someone get those in they're knee?

My right knee has been hurting for a couple of days almost feels like a muscle spasms, can someone get those in they're knee?

Se. Details: Muscle spasm is an unlikely cause for pain lasting 2 or more days. There are several much more likely causes. If the pain is an issue, have the knee evaluated ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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I get muscle spasms. They start in my lower back and jerk my knees up. They last for hours and make me want to die. I've had them for almost 5 years.?

I get muscle spasms. They start in my lower back and jerk my knees up. They last for hours and make me want to die. I've had them for almost 5 years.?

Radicular pain: Likely radicular pain, coming from spine.
i would get an MRI of lumbar spine to see if its a disk problem or other cause which can pinch the nerve.
treatment is NSAIDs, PT and anti neuropathic medications ...Read more

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Why am I having muscle spasms after knee surgery?

Why am I having muscle spasms after knee surgery?

Normal: I assume you had arthroscopic knee surgery;muscle spasms after knee arthroscopic surgery are both normal and not uncommon. From the surgery itself, the use of a "leg holder" or tourniquet (if used)--muscle spasms will occur. If they continue or become more severe or long -lasting, check w/ your surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a muscle spasm in my left knee is that okay if I leave it alone?

I have a muscle spasm in my left knee is that okay if I leave it alone?

Most likely: If you allow a minor injury some time of relative rest it will usually resolve on its own. If the pain or spasm persists, or worsens then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Are muscle spasms common after a knee arthroscopy?

Are muscle spasms common after a knee arthroscopy?

Thanks for asking!: Following knee arthroscopy, muscle spasms are rare; quad weakness, anterior knee pain are more common; that said, calf spasm and/or pain must be evaluated carefully for an underlying blood clot. ...Read more

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Is there any reason for frequent multiple muscle spasms all over? Knees, abdomen, chest, at random times?

Is there any reason for frequent multiple muscle spasms all over? Knees, abdomen, chest, at random times?

Multiple issues: YES. All of the possible underlying medical conditions require a comprehensive physicial examination to include blood and urine testing. Please call for ann appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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Does y knee twicthing mean thst there's a problem? Someone rear ended me bad the other day and I have a bunch of back muscle spasms.

Does y knee twicthing mean thst there's a problem? Someone rear ended me bad the other day and I have a bunch of back muscle spasms.

Not necessarily: Being rear-ended can be fairly traumatic. Muscle spasm can indicate muscle strain or injury and usually responds with ice and anti-inflammatory medication, gentle range of motion and stretching within a comfortable range. In the absence of bowel or bladder problems or lower extremity weakness, your low back spasms should resolve over time. ...Read more

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Hello. I have been having a small muscle spasm just above my left knee. I can't remember when it started but I first noticed it about four days ago.?

Hello. I have been having a small muscle spasm just above my left knee. I can't remember when it started but I first noticed it about four days ago.?

A few thoughts: Could be a muscle 'bunching up' due to a torn tendon-these are sometimes painless. Could actually be fluid above the knee due to a patellar inj. Could be bruised muscle, nerve injury, etc. If more muscles are involved, it could be mineral deficiency or dehydration.Applying heat & massage may help. If not, a good history & phys. Incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide some answers & direct treatment. ...Read more

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I just had knee surgery and get painful muscle spasms when I rest. Is it normal?

I just had knee surgery and get painful muscle spasms when I rest. Is it normal?

Normal after surgery: While local muscle spasms after surgery in the area are common, they should go away with healing. If not, the surgeon should be contacted for additional assessment as indicated. Feel better ...Read more

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After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

Identify cause: There is a reason why you had swelling and back spasm to begin with. Seek a primary care sports medicine specialist to identify the cause, see if it is amenable to physical therapy and potential ergonomics changes to your bike. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms after total knee replacement --very hard to sleep! Does this make sense?

Muscle spasms after total knee replacement --very hard to sleep! Does this make sense?

Yes it can happen: Make sure your legs around your ankles are not swelling. This could lead to cramps. Support hose help. Also I recommend calmag to help with the cramps. ...Read more

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Hand pains and knee pains are occurring for my mom. She is having random muscle spasms as well. What do you think this is?

Hand pains and knee pains are occurring for my mom. She is having random muscle spasms as well. What do you think this is?

Depends: I am a neurologist so most pain that I deal with is, of course, from nerve disorders. If the pain in the joints themselves? If so, unlikely to be a nerve problem. ...Read more

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Can't have mri due to screws in my knee but knee keeps locking random swelling laterally and pain lateral side (post op knee)+bilateral muscle spasms?

Can't have mri due to screws in my knee but knee keeps locking random swelling laterally and pain lateral side (post op knee)+bilateral muscle spasms?

If the screws were: Placed in the last 15 years they should be MR safe. Their presence may cause artifact that degrades the image, but depending on what your doc is looking for, an MR might still provide useful diagnostic information. ...Read more

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After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

MRI: Firstly, make sure you are evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Mri would probably be the best diagnostic test to evaluate your extensor mechanism and surrounding structures if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have been having soreness in my knees when standing. I also have had muscle spasms all over and tingling in my hands and feet. Do I have als?

Slow Your Roll: Whoa, there are a lot of simpler and less deadly things than ALS that could cause these symptoms! You need a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Not likely: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. If you are overweight it is imperative that you lose weight through diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...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

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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 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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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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What is the muscle behind the knee called?

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

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more