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Doctor insights on: Pain Behind Knee Can T Straighten Leg

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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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Cause of pain behind knee after folding or stretching left leg?

Cause of pain behind knee after folding or stretching left leg?

Hamstring: Pain behind the knee w/ ' stretching' your leg may be due to hamstring irritation/ injury, undiagnosed bakers' cysts, and other causes. See your md for evaluation if no improvement or go to er if pain / swelling worsen (dvt work - up). ...Read more

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I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

OA vs PFPS: Two possibilities are most likely. The first is osteoarthritis, or wear and tear ("rust in the joint"). This is usually in middle-age people but can occur earlier with excessive use. Another option is patellofemoral pain syndrome, or inflammation where the kneecap tracks on the femur (upper leg bone). In most people, these can both be helped with antinflammatory meds and quad strengthening. ...Read more

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Knee pain which gets worse the longer I keep them bent, until I have no choice but to straighten my legs, which is even more painful but relieves pain?

Knee pain which gets worse the longer I keep them bent, until I have no choice but to straighten my legs, which is even more painful but relieves pain?

Uncertain: Since it is one knee it could be a cartilge problem. You will need an evaluation by a knee specialist like a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon. If surgery is recommended get a 2nd opinion from a rheuamtologist. You will need imaging and maybe even an MRI ...Read more

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Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around/behind kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Akp?

Knee pain on/off 7 yrs. Around/behind kneecaps. Both legs, not always same time. Can’t link to weather, activity, temp. Heat=more discomfort. Akp?

therapy is importan: This sounds like you have patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is the result of mild damage to the cartilage behind her kneecap or a chronic strain to the muscles attaching into the kneecap. If symptoms of swelling, catching, locking and giving way occur he may require surgery. If these do not exist physical therapy stressing the core, hip muscles and the muscles would be indicated. ...Read more

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Unable to sit by folding legs. If manage to fold then can't bring it back have pain behind knee area and hip area. Having e.Coli in urine. What's this?

Unable to sit by folding legs. If manage to fold then can't bring it back have pain behind knee area and hip area. Having e.Coli in urine. What's this?

See below:: I believe you have an urinary tract infection that you need to get treated; your knee problem sounds like a meniscal lesion or 2, causing all your knee/leg problems.
You should see your doctor for the urinary infection and an orthopod for the knee problems. Good luck. ...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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Right hip & knee pain worse with walk. Pain gets worse when I straighten my leg even when sitting. Walking is painful& I limp My hip is very tense?

Right hip & knee pain worse with walk. Pain gets worse when I straighten my leg even when sitting. Walking is painful& I limp My hip is very tense?

Your joint: Pains could be a sign of inflammatory joint disease.
Please consult an internist or video-consult the Healthtap
doctor on call. If you have not had xrays of these joints, please request them from you primary doctor. When did you have your knee surgery? ...Read more

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Have sudden pain behind knee. Is that one of the signs and symptoms of leg blood clot?

Probably not: Sudden onset pain usually is associated with something like a muscle tear or cyst rupture if the pain is very localized to behind the knee, not involving the entire lower leg. However, any time there is concern about a possible blood clot, you should be checked by a health professional. ...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?

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 m having a very sharp pain in my legs my thigh is so tight and its so painful that's it hard to move. Pain behind knee! Wtd? I'm 145lbs 5 0” inches

I m having a very sharp pain in my legs my thigh is so tight and its so painful that's it hard to move. Pain behind knee! Wtd? I'm 145lbs 5 0” inches

Nerve: The combination of pain radiating down the leg and numbness is consistent with a nerve impingement from a bulging disc in your lower spine. A lesser cause is primary nerve inflammation (neuritis). A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. A spine MRI may be ordered. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a blood clot right behind my knee? Pain & mild swelling behind knee on left leg. I'm only 18, normal weight but sedintary.

How can I tell if I have a blood clot right behind my knee? Pain & mild swelling behind knee on left leg. I'm only 18, normal weight but sedintary.

See physician: Physical examination by physician and then usually doppler ultraasound for confirmation. Sometimes pain in this area can be caused by baker cyst, collection of synovial fluid. ...Read more

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Panicking neg doppler ten days ago startes getin pain behind knee yesterday panic attacks it clot had three scans on left leg one on right and ct all neg but d dimer was 310 cut off 230?

Panicking neg doppler ten days ago startes getin pain behind knee yesterday panic attacks it clot had three scans on left leg one on right and ct all neg but d dimer was 310 cut off 230?

Clinical more import: There is much more importance in this kind of situation of the clinical picture for the presence of a blood clot than the value of 1 single lab value. If your other testing is negative multiple times and a doctor's examination of the leg is negative for suspicion of a clot then, 1 single abnormal lab shouldn't change anything. Write to me if more questions: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

One of the concerns: Is a clot, a bakers cyst is another that comes to mind. A clot is serious if present and needs to be dealt with immediately. The question is did you already have he ultrasound or not? If you didn't go get it done...And do not wait a week. If you did and it was negative, I would call the doctors office anyway explain your ina lot of pain and ask to be seen earlier.
Perhaps ice would help.... ...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.

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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Pain behind knee cap. Bulging foot veins. Leg hurts when pressure applied. Cramping in calf and thigh. Neg ddimer and ultrasound. What could it be?

Pain behind knee cap. Bulging foot veins. Leg hurts when pressure applied. Cramping in calf and thigh. Neg ddimer and ultrasound. What could it be?

Chondromalac/compart: When knees develop early tendonitis change, there can be periods of flare where inflammation and pain can develop behind the kneecap due to cartilage tears. This is also called patellar chondromalacia. There is also concern for compartment syndrome given your vascular complaints. It is thus best to see a Sports Medicine &/or Vascular MD to diagnose what is going on and make sure of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've been having knee pain only on stairs. Now its constant. I can't bend it or straighten it?

I've been having knee pain only on stairs. Now its constant. I can't bend it or straighten it?

Knee cap problems: Or chondromalcia. The most common symptom of this problem is knee pain that increases when you walk up or down stairs. Simple treatments — such as rest and ice — often help, and motrin, but sometimes physical therapy or even surgery is needed to ease patellofemoral pain. ...Read more

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Pain behind knee for a few days?

Pain behind knee for a few days?

Many: Should see your md or rheum or ortho for eval which would include ultrasoud ;potential causes are bakers cyst;phlebitis ;arterial disease;referred pain from the back, etc. ...Read more

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Sharp nerve like pain behind knee?

Sharp nerve like pain behind knee?

See doctor: There are a number of things he can cause pain like that from knee joint problems to vascular problems. I would get into see a regular doctor or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am having pinching pain behind knee?

What does it mean if I am having pinching pain behind knee?

There must be a crab: Maybe there's a crab there. You're not too far from maryland. Seriously, there can be many many possibilities including a cyst, nerve irritation, muscle tear or tightness. If it is persistent then see your doc. ...Read more

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Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

A few thoughts: You have to consider what is behind the knee. There are blood vessels, tendons, muscles, knee joint. You have to consider each of these. When you are evaluated these will be looked at to try to clarify your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have clicking knee pain when straightening and/or bearing weight. Will it go away?

I have clicking knee pain when straightening and/or bearing weight. Will it go away?

Most likely not: I advice you to and see your family doctor and check it out to what he problem. ...Read more

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I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

See Ortho: You must discuss this with the orthopedic surgeon as these symptoms warrant attention. ...Read more