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What to do if I have a sharp pain at the back of my knee when i bend it and walk on it?

What to do if I have a sharp pain at the back of my knee when i bend it and walk on it?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: soft tissue mass, trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormalities. ...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


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What do you suggest if I have a sharp pain at the back of my knee when i bend it and walk on it?

What do you suggest if I have a sharp pain at the back of my knee when i bend it and walk on it?

May be meniscus tear: Usually a sharp pain with certain activities such as twisting / bending may be a meniscus tear. If you have mechanical symptoms such as locking and catching it would be a good idea to see an orthopedic surgeon who can examine you better. If you had an injury then an MRI may be indicated as well. A hands on exam would be needed to evaluate this. Thanks! ...Read more

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I have a pain at the back of my knee for a few days and know it seems to be travelling down my calve to my ankle it doesn't feel like muscle?.Thanks

I have a pain at the back of my knee for a few days and know it seems to be travelling down my calve to my ankle it doesn't feel like muscle?.Thanks

Several: Pain in back of knee traveling down leg w/ no injury mechanism in your age could be several things. If it worsens or continues, get examined. Cysts can start in back of knee and as they " leak" fluid can cause discomfort down leg;calf ( gatroc)muscle strains can cause pain down leg( even though u feel its not muscle)as well as a nerve irritation(. Esp.If burning or " pins/ needles type pain); etc. ...Read more

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When i walk I have a stinging pain at the back of my knee i had a match today in football and think i hurt it what could it be how long could i be out?

When i walk I have a stinging pain at the back of my knee i had a match today in football and think i hurt it what could it be how long could i be out?

See Dr.: Continued trauma to the knees, especially with football, is not advised. I would see a dr./orthopedic specialist to evaluate and make recommendations for. ...Read more

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I can put full weight on my leg only when I bend it I get this pinching pain at the back of my knee and lower thigh. Still no swelling. Only been a day since I fell on it. Will it get better over time? What if going to a doctor isn't an option?

I can put full weight on my leg only when I bend it I get this pinching pain at the back of my knee and lower thigh. Still no swelling. Only been a day since I fell on it. Will it get better over time? What if going to a doctor isn't an option?

Ice down- then, heat: Ice it down twice daily until the knee freezes (20-30 minutes). Within next 24-48 hrs. switch from ice to warm compresses. I don't understand why seeing a doctor is "not an option"....usually in every major metropolitan city there is a way to see a doctor even if you have no insurance. You could solicit a private consultation here on this network....very inexpensive compared to private doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shooting pain at the back of my knee cap for almost a week now.Is this because of the varicose or dvt?

I am experiencing shooting pain at the back of my knee cap for almost a week now.Is this because of the varicose or dvt?

See a physician: Pain at the back of the kneecap can be you to multiple reasons which includes joint and ligament problems, nerve problems, DVT , varicose veins and bakers cyst you should consult an orthopedic physician who can diagnose your problem by physical examination and imaging studies like x-rays or MRI if indicated. ...Read more

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After a soccer game, I felt pain at the back of my knee.Using ibuprofen and wrapping it, pain was gone, but still feels unstable. No swelling at all. ?

After a soccer game, I felt pain at the back of my knee.Using ibuprofen and wrapping it, pain was gone, but still feels unstable. No swelling at all. ?

Knee instability : Can be caused by tendon or ligament damage . PT can be used to strengthen muscles and improve stability. An MRI would show what exactly is damaged and extent of damage. Surgery might be necessary in some cases. ...Read more

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I have recently began training for a half marathon, but one day i noticed pain in the back of my knee that won't go away. Any advise?

I have recently began training for a half marathon, but one day i noticed pain in the back of my knee that won't go away. Any advise?

Have it evaluated: Posterior knee pain may result from arthritis or a tear or strain, the tear can be in the meniscus or even involved the calf muscle. An MRI can be very helpful in this situation. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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More recently I am getting this constant uncomfortable pain in the back of my knee and sometimes it goes up to my butt. What is it, what can I do?

More recently I am getting this constant uncomfortable pain in the back of my knee and sometimes it goes up to my butt. What is it, what can I do?

Could be: Irritated sciatic nerve or strained hamstring. Also possible would be problems with blocked blood vessels. If it is not getting better soon, see a doctor to find out. ...Read more

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I woke up in horrible pain just below back of my knee. Like clot going down. Hot rushed feeling. Then stop. Now feels like rip behind leg. What is it?

Blood clot: Your initial impression of a blood clot needs to be ruled out by proper testing in the er. Please go now. Hopefully it is something less serious, but i would advise you to have a blood clot or deep venous thrombosis ruled out and treated so you don't risk throwing a pulmonary embolism to your lungs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is causing the stabbing pain in the back of my knee?

What is causing the stabbing pain in the back of my knee?

Arthritis or tear: It may be due to arthritis or tears. See an orthopedist. An exam and an MRI would give you the answer. ...Read more

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I feel a throbbing pain on the back of my knee. Could this be something serious?

I feel a throbbing pain on the back of my knee. Could this be something serious?

Agree w/ ultrasound: This could also be a popliteal artery aneurysm, which can also be diagnosed with a good physical exam and/or ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have a tingling pain in the back of my knee. It also sometimes hurts in the front of my knee. At times feels like its draining fluid. ?

Answer 3of 3: Depending on the location of your pain & evaluation by your doc proper diagnosis can be made. The following possible common problems: 1) front pain with stairs or squatiing: early patello-femoral arthritis , 2) pain on either sides: tendinitis or meniscus tears , 3) back of the knee: bakers cyst, 4) pain all over: arthritis/inflammation. ...Read more

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