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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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?

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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My knee hurts when i walk upstair around outstside?

My knee hurts when i walk upstair around outstside?

Anterior knee pain: Anterior knee pain is quite common. It typically involves irritation of the cartilage from the area surrounding the knee cap. It is made worse with stairs, kneeling, and squatting. Easy things to try initially include a low impact quadriceps strengthening exercise including riding a bike, elliptical machine or swimming. If you have locking of the knee, you should consult a physician. ...Read more

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My left knee hurts when I walk or sit for long periods of time. What is it?

My left knee hurts when I walk or sit for long periods of time.  What is it?

Knee pain on sitting: The causes of persistent knee pain vary with age. The most common cause of knee pain worse with sitting is arthritis usually due to trauma or a fall. Most commonly for middle-aged and older adults, it represents degenerative arthritis. An anti-inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen will relieve the ache. Other causes include torn meniscus, ligament sprain, and bruising of the patella (knee cap). ...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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Inside of knee hurts when I walk fast, put to much weight on it, run, and jump but no swelling?

Inside of knee hurts when I walk fast, put to much weight on it, run, and jump but no swelling?

Varies: There are numerous potential causes, the three most common are usually an early degeneration on the medial aspect of the tibia, or a meniscal tear of the medial meniscus, or a tendonitis at the pea anserine area. A detailed exam and appropriate studies would likely reveal the cause, I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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My left knee hurts when i walk. There is no bruise lumps, bumps. ?

My left knee hurts when i walk. There is no bruise lumps, bumps. ?

Most likely : Early arthritis, when move more friction happen in the knee which could cause some pain, try advil (ibuprofen) 2 of them and before you walk if that help, most likely that it. ...Read more

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My knee hurts when I walk long distances or when I run, I went to physical therapy but that didn't help at all..

My knee hurts when I walk long distances or when I run, I went to physical therapy but that didn't help at all..

Knee pain: Causation can be mutifactorial , Do both knees hurt ? How long have you had this ? Do NSAIDs help? Have you recently increased the amount of walking or running ? Do u have any pain at night ? You need to seek follow up with an Orthopaedic dr. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, My knee hurts when I walk I dont think it is something to do with bones, neithermuscles... I know how they hurt. For this one, today when ?

Knee pain: Knee pain per se may or may not suggest an underlying disease which may include arthritis versus soft tissue changes like meniscus or cartilage injury. I recommend being seen by an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist for further evaluation and your specific case. ...Read more

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My right hip bone and knee hurts when i walk or run. They have been hurting for 2 months. No injuries, what should I do?

My right hip bone and knee hurts when i walk or run. They have been hurting for 2 months. No injuries, what should I do?

Hip and knee: There are many potential running related causes for pain in your hip and knee. This can vary from inflammatory issues such as tendinitis/bursitis to more serious issues such as stress fractures, cartilage tears, etc. See an orthopedist for an evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts when i walk sometimes and a bruise appears. I have insoles, take multivitamins and not lime disease. ?

My right knee hurts when i walk sometimes and a bruise appears. I have insoles, take multivitamins and not lime disease. ?

Deserves evaluation: Some conditions can't be readily diagnosed online. There are many possible causes, such as chondromalacia or a torn meniscus. I do want to esp. Comment on your saying "not lyme." lyme is surprisingly common. The standard elisa screening test misses at least half the cases & even the standard western blot gives many false negatives so you could have lyme even if your test was negative. See comment:. ...Read more

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Am experiencing knee pain. It hurts when I walk or stand for long periods. I've had a knee injury before. It goes away when I rest?

Am experiencing knee pain. It hurts when I walk or stand for long periods. I've had a knee injury before. It goes away when I rest?

Knee pain: Given that you have had a knee injury before the pay may be related. There could be Ligament injury which can get worse if proper rehab is not done. Will be worth while seeing your GP and getting it reviews an referee for am mri . ACC could be initiated if it is thought to be injury related ...Read more

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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