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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


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My 19 yrs old daughter hurt her left knee when she bends her knee she has pain behind her knee and down her calf?

My 19 yrs old daughter hurt her left knee when she bends her knee she has pain behind her knee and down her calf?

Knee Pain: Pain behind the knee can be from a muscle sprain and sometimes from a cyst. Has she had a specific injury? Does she have the pain only when she flexes her knee? I think we need a little more history to help.

The main concerns are locking, catching and giving out of the knee. Those are often related to problems that may require surgery. ...Read more

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Sudden pain behind left knee shoots down into calf all the way to foot very painfull when the pain starts I have to sit down no injury to knee.

Sudden pain behind left knee shoots down into calf all the way to foot very painfull when the pain starts I have to sit down no injury to knee.

Get checked out: One possibility is a Bakers Cyst which is an out pocketing of fluid from your knee joint capsule. Can press upon surrounding structures and cause pain. Other aspects to evaluate are the blood vessels in the popliteal space and the calf and hamstring tendons. ...Read more

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I've been having very bad pain behind my knee radiating down into my calf for about a week and a half, and has been getting worse. What should I do?

I've been having very bad pain behind my knee radiating down into my calf for about a week and a half, and has been getting worse. What should I do?

R/O BAKER'S CYST: Your SX are suggestive of a bakers cyst that may be leaking or potentially ruptured. You need to be examined and have an US or potentially MRI performed On the affected knee and calf. Seek prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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2 back surgeries in ~1 month. Wondering if increased swelling@L5-S1 from overdoing it could cause severe burning/cramping pain behind knee, in calf/ankle, & thigh? Have to lie down & hard to walk/sit.

2 back surgeries in ~1 month. Wondering if increased swelling@L5-S1 from overdoing it could cause severe burning/cramping pain behind knee, in calf/ankle, & thigh? Have to lie down & hard to walk/sit.

This may be related: To anyone of several possible causes. Sometimes, even though the nerve that may have had some compression on it does not immediately respond to surgery or if you had surgery especially 2 so close that just manipulation of nerve may cause inflammation. Also one has to make sure you did not develop a blood clot in leg post op. You should discuss this with your surgeon. Scar tissue can form now. ...Read more

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L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

Microdiskectomy: Give it some time; sometimes simply moving the roots around can upset the lumbar plexus and give you intermittent (even quite severe) pain, although it resolves within a week or two. Getting to the disk requires mobilization of the roots and inflammatory changes from that- or the disk herniation- itself can give this pain. As long as bowel and bladder OK, hopefully this will resolve also. Best! ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor for left leg behind knee pain I can barely walk on it and if I sit down to long for more than 5 min it is really bad for me?

Should I see a doctor for left leg behind knee pain I can barely walk on it and if I sit down to long for more than 5 min it is really bad for me?

Posterior knee pain: Yes, see orthopedic surgeon. Consider arthritis, gastroc soleus strain, popliteal cyst, referred sciatic pain, and rule out a blood clot with venous doppler. ...Read more

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I have been having severe knee pain in one knee for the past couple days. Now the pain is also going above my knee & calf. Laying down hurts worse.

I have been having severe knee pain in one knee for the past couple days. Now the pain is also going above my knee & calf. Laying down hurts worse.

Knee pains: Need thorough clinical exam followed by appropriate investigations for cause and treatment by your physician, internist or a rheumatologist. ...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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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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Started birth control 5 weeks ago. Pain behind knee and calf. Been laying in bed for long periods of time. Should I be worried?

Concerned, yes!: The pain in your behind your knee and calf has many possible causes. You are right to be concerned that it may be related to BCP's and inactivity. While blood clots are relatively uncommon, they are a risk. Call the doc who prescribed this to you today, or go to a clinic, Urgent Care or ER to find out what is going on. You could consider a PRIME consult, as well, to help decide which is best. ...Read more

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Sharp localized pain behind knee/posterior calf that hurts each time I take a step. No warmth or redness. Could this be a blood clot?

Possibly yes. Get --: Yourself checked out by your pcp or go to an er if a blood clot is suspected, so a doppler scan be done to exclude/confirm it.
Generally its due to a pulled muscle, sprained ligament, or a rupture of a cyst behind the knee. These are more commonly seen.
Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more

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Have had knee pain for last 2 weeks. Today I have numbness & tingling down the back of my calf & toes with the knee pain still. Go to er?

Have had knee pain for last 2 weeks. Today I have numbness & tingling down the back of my calf & toes with the knee pain still. Go to er?

Not sure ER: I'm not sure the ER is the exact right place for you unless you are completely unable to walk on that leg. I like to save the ER for actual emergencies. I would certainly advise trying to see your doc first thing Monday however, or you could even try Urgent Care where you could get an X-ray of your knee and see if there's an abnormality that could be affecting a nerve behind your knee. Best of luck ...Read more

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Constant Calf and behind knee pain for over 2 weeks, can I have a clot below knee? Ultrasound done from popliteal to groin and it was negative.

Constant Calf and behind knee pain for over 2 weeks, can I have a clot below knee? Ultrasound done from popliteal to groin and it was negative.

Repeat evaluation.: A Bakers cyst which is an enclosed collection of fluid contiguous to the meniscus can rupture because the fluid can rupture the joint capsule and has a different level of acidity a burning sensation can occur in the calf muscle. DVT is still possible. A d-dimer blood test can asess the risk or tendency of coagubility. An ultrasound could detect the cyst. The most serious possibility is still the DVT. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain. It specifically flares up after running for about a mile. The pain runs down the back of my upper leg, down into my calf?

I am experiencing knee pain. It specifically flares up after running for about a mile. The pain runs down the back of my upper leg, down into my calf?

Choices baker's cyst: The first thing that comes to mind is could this be a Baker's cyst. This is the swelling in the back of the knee and can go up the back of the thigh and down the calf. There are also tendons and bursitis that can cause these problems. This is something you need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can I have sciatica without back pain? I only have pain behind knee and calf with occasional thigh, ankle and butt pain.

Can I have sciatica without back pain? I only have pain behind knee and calf with occasional thigh, ankle and butt pain.

Yes: All the symptoms you are referring to are consistent with Sciatica. See your doctor. I really like Physical Therapy for sciatica. You may want to consider this as well, but ask your doctor what is the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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29/f. Pain behind knee when walking or any type of exercise. Been this way for a month. Now pain in calf just started today? Dvt? N/s and no bc.

29/f. Pain behind knee when walking or any type of exercise. Been this way for a month. Now pain in calf just started today? Dvt? N/s and no bc.

See a doctor please: Typically a DVT will cause discomfort at rest and with activity. The symptoms of a DVT can be vague so it is a good idea to get checked by a doctor and possibly an ultrasound. However. A muscle strain or some internal injury to the knee are more likely the cause. See doctor and I hope it resolves quickly. ...Read more

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Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Knee pain: May be Bakers cyst, tendonitis, hematoma though they should hurt more with exercise. Also though rarer in a male consider a clot, becasue clots are dangerous would f/u today with doctor /urgent care may need sonongram that can visualize clots, bakers cysts or a hematoma ...Read more

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Saw PCP yesterday for pain behind knee on L leg w/calf pain, showed him MRI diagnosis may-thurner syn. He thinks pain is related to mts, didn't do tests. Ideas?

Saw PCP yesterday for pain behind knee on L leg w/calf pain, showed him MRI diagnosis may-thurner syn. He thinks pain is related to mts, didn't do tests. Ideas?

MTS usually painless: May-Thurner syndrome is usually painless unless the patient has new deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Venous duplex is diagnostic of DVT. If a d-dimer test was done a negative result all but precludes DVT. ...Read more

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Pain started at bottom left foot near heel, now top foot left pain with calf and behind thr knee pain. No swelling, wear sandals, lots of standing?

Pain started at bottom left foot near heel, now top foot left pain with calf and behind thr knee pain. No swelling, wear sandals, lots of standing?

Foot specialist?: Hard to say, but it could even be from improper fit of your shoes and the standing or both. I would be evaluated by a professional and not try to heal yourself, which could make things worse. ...Read more

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Sudden pain in right calf while dancing, thought it was cramping (pain below calf), but gone in few seconds. Now: pain behind knee & 15cm above heel?

Soleus tear: This is probably a soleus tear and requires no more then rest, ice, slight stretching. If the leg swells or the pain progresses up the leg you should seek immediate care to assess for venous thrombosis. ...Read more

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I had major abdominal surgery 11 days ago. A few days now, pain behind knee and on calf. The pain is either very sharp, or burning. Had uss, no dvt.

Pain: Two options:
1: Go to the nearest Emergency facility - have some one take you there.
2: Call your abdominal surgeon as early as possible on Monday.

The ER today would be my strongest recommendation. ...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