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I've started a new running program and my knee hurts behind the kneecap when running and when going down stairs. What is the cause and what can help?

I've started a new running program and my knee hurts behind the kneecap when running and when going down stairs. What is the cause and what can help?

Patellofemoral pain: You most likely have patellofemoral syndrome, sometimes associated with cartilage damage behind the kneecap termed chondromalacia. We treat this syndrome with strengthening of the medial quad called the vmo as well as the hamstrings and the hip abductors. Stretching the it band is also important. Getting customized running shoes from a quality running store is key as well. ...Read more

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58 years old knee hurts when I walk unless I hunch forward but does not hurt while running or cycling. What's going on? Thx.

58 years old knee hurts when I walk unless I hunch forward but does not hurt while running or cycling. What's going on? Thx.

Uncertain: This is not clear, but it is unlikely arthritis and more likely bursitis or tendinitis. When you get your evaluation besides examination you have imaging and x-rays and possibly other studies to help clarify. ...Read more

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F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

New evaluation: If you still have significant knee pain one year after surgery, you should consider getting a complete re-evaluation, possibly with another MRI, to be sure that nothing else is wrong with the knee. Talk with your Doctor. ...Read more

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My knee hurts with shooting pains and it clicks when I walk up stairs. What can this be?

My knee hurts with shooting pains and it clicks when I walk up stairs. What can this be?

Tracking Disorder: All joints can make noise. If the noise hurts, that may indicate a problem. Most people without a history of trauma and pain with stairs is usually a patellar tracking disorder. The knee cap can rub against the femoral groove when going up/down stairs causing inflammation and pain. This is often resolved with consistent rehab. You should see a sports medicine specialist or an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

Giving way...: Is a nonspecific sign and does not indicated tears or any other pathology. However, if your pain is worsening it is important to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal physician to determine the cause and correct treatment of your knee pain. ...Read more

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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month. ...Read more

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Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Arthritis: When cartilage is new, it is smooth and glides over each other. When the surfaces become arthritic, they become irregular and grate and crack as they go over each other. When this process involves the under surface of the knee cap, it is often worse going up and down stairs. ...Read more

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Right acute knee pain, burning and bruise- like feeling. Whole kneecap is worse, along its bottom. Stairs are very difficult to use, and it hurts any time i walk. Had a negative x- ray.

Patellofemoral pain?: Based on your description of the problem, your young age, and a negative x-ray, i'm suspicious that your pain may be patellofemoral in nature. If this is the case, exercises to strengthen the quadriceps can be very helpful. An elastic knee brace may also help. Since the symptoms are acute, it is possible that you have a torn tendon or ligament. Ultrasound or MRI can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Severe knee pain bend, walk, stairs, etc. MRI 5 yrs ago partial tear of ACL & cyst. Now radiates in calf/down leg; wakes @ night; ankle fract May '13?

Get examined!: Your symptoms suggest patellofemoral( kneecap) pain. Your 'cyst' may be causing the pain in the back of your knee ( popliteal/ Bakers' cyst ).Not sure if your 'partial' ACL injury is causing symptoms or not without a thorough examination( it can cause cysts in the knee joint occasssionally.) See a board certified ORS. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I get really bad knee pain and it gets really hard to walk up stairs or move things around. I exercise and stretch Im only 19 is there something wrong?

I get really bad knee pain and it gets really hard to walk up stairs or move things around. I exercise and stretch Im only 19 is there something wrong?

Something wrong: You need to see your primary doctor. If he/she can help you that's fine. If not you will be referred to a joint specialist. Have your doctor refer you. ...Read more

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Knee hurts, tightens when i walk or bend down, i fell on it last night and i don't know what it could be or if i need to go to the emergency room.

Knee hurts, tightens when i walk or bend down, i fell on it last night and i don't know what it could be or if i need to go to the emergency room.

No ER C ortho: If u just aggravated ur old proble i would rec ortho xame 2 DX the underlying problem. If the is a new & different problem rice & c an ortho soon. ...Read more

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Knee pain hurts to walk bend or to do anything started today hurts laying down what can I do?

Knee pain hurts to walk bend or to do anything started today hurts laying down what can I do?

Knee pain: Pain the knee can be due to tendonitis, plica, cartilage wear, synovitis, weakness, vitamin deficiency. Just too many possibilities without a proper diagnosis. If your knee hurts, start with a basic exercise program for your hips and knees and if your pain persists, or if you feel like the knee is giving out then i would see your orthopedist. ...Read more

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So recently I had a cramp in my calf which move up behind my knee hurts so bad to walk or lay down just hurts so bad what could it be?

So recently I had a cramp in my calf which move up behind my knee hurts so bad to walk or lay down just hurts so bad what could it be?

DVT Phlebitis WOW: Severe calf pain can be due to a muscle strain. However, complains of severe calf pain enhanced by laying down or walking, suggests that the problem is more serious. You need to have your leg evaluated immediately to make sure your pain is not due to a blood clot in the leg. I would not wait too long to have this seen as the lack of treatment could have catastrophic consequences. ...Read more

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Knee pain on right side of knee cap, hurts to bend. Makes a popping sound every time I walk. Can't squat down, causes unbelievable pain.

Knee pain on right side of knee cap, hurts to bend. Makes a popping sound every time  I walk. Can't squat down, causes unbelievable  pain.

You need to see MD: Can't help you on Health Tap you need to be examined possible xrays and other exams. You should be examined by a Orthopedic Physician. ...Read more

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Back of the knee pain, down the calf to my foot. It hurts to walk, but really hurts for a few minutes when I stop walking.

Back of the knee pain, down the calf to my foot. It hurts to walk, but really hurts for a few minutes when I stop walking.

Spinal Stenosis: If leg pain is not vascular (PAD- peripheral artery disease) in origin, consider evaluating the spine to make sure you don't have any spine related issues like a herniated disk or spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Why do my knees ache every time I start running or walk down the stairs?

Why do my knees ache every time I start running or walk down the stairs?

Knee Pain: If you are younger, some cartilage damage, with motion under stress such as running and stairs, or tendonitis is more likely. As you get older, and the more you have used your knees for athletic pursuits, the cartilage can wear thin, and the bone can rub on bone, osteoarthritis. Orthopedist, with x-rays, mri, and a arthroscope can let you know, what the damage is, and how to improve the problem. ...Read more

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My knee locked while being trap in reeling as i was coming down the stairs so nw my knee hurts n i feel pain while bending it.

Couldbe many things: When you say your knee is locked this something happens to make the knee lock, knee cap problem or cartilage problems are the most common so i would check it out. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more