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Bilateral knee pain, arthritis?

Bilateral knee pain, arthritis?

Possibly: Bilateral knee pain is most often related to arthritis but occasionally bursitis or tendinitis can be responsible. The only way to know is to have the knees evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How do I judge my knee pain. Surgery or arthritis?

How do I judge my knee pain. Surgery or arthritis?

Structure v function: I agree that a thorough work up is needed. Even if you do have arthritis, it may or may not be the source of your pain. Even if it is, there are many treatments that may restore your function without the need for surgery. See a physiatrist, sports med doc, or orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I've been having knee pain for 3 years now and I'm only 22. Could it be early signs of arthritis?

I've been having knee pain for 3 years now and I'm only 22. Could it be early signs of arthritis?

Early arthritis: It's hard to answer your question without further medical evaluation. You should check with your primary care doctor and get a physical with x-rays and blood work. After that you can be referred to an orthopedist or rheumatologist depending on the results. ...Read more

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I don't have arthritis but I have severe knee pain. I went to an ortho, but I think I need another kind of dr. Any advice? I went to the dr. For knee pain. He concluded I don't have arthritis and prescribed a few sessions of pt. I felt dismissed. My knee

Hi.: Hi. Orthopedic surgeons are specialists for knees. Yes, there could be a variety of things that could cause knee pain without boney abnormality. Tendons, ligaments, muscles, fat pads, malalignment, etc. You could consider osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation or medical acupuncture. ...Read more

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Is knee pain likely to be anything other than arthritis?

Is knee pain likely to be anything other than arthritis?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments and exercise therapies available. ...Read more

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How are knee belts useful in reducing knee pain due to arthritis?

How are knee belts useful in reducing knee pain due to arthritis?

Depends: Some people with very specific types of knee arthritis in which one area of the knee is "worn down" far more than the rest can get some relief by wearing a brace that shifts the body weight off the "worn" area. This only works if you have the type of arthritis specified, and custom-fitted braces work better. ...Read more

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I am 31 and I have knee pain every night for years now could I have arthritis how can I find out?

I am 31 and I have knee pain every night for years now could I have arthritis how can I find out?

Arthritis work-up: It could be osteoarthritis which is simply the wear and tear type. It also could be an inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus or Psoriatic arthritis. You should get an x-ray and some bloodwork such as a rheumatoid factor, ANA-looking for lupus, ESR, TSH, and CBC at a minimum. This will provide your doctor a lot of information and will be a start in the workup of the knee pain. ...Read more

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I have had a very serious knee pain for about a month now and don't know what it is. It's hot knee that will hurt bad when bending it. No arthritis.?

I have had a very serious knee pain for about a month now and don't know what it is. It's hot knee that will hurt bad when bending it. No arthritis.?

See your doctor: There are many conditions that can cause an inflamed, hot knee. Multiple types of arthritis, joint infections, or gout are all possibilities. You may need testing to get a correct diagnosis, so that proper treatment can be instituted. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does knee pain following rest indicate arthritis in a 20 year old?

Not likely: Eventhough it is unlikely. If the pain continues I would recommend having a healthcare professional examin the knee. ...Read more

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What are some good arthritis knee pain relief (for very extreme pain)?

Anti-inflammatories: The anti-inflammatories are the main-stay treatment for oa (osteoarthritis). Ibuprofen tends to be very effective for flare ups - max dose 800mg tid. Beyond this pls see your doc or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent arthritis knee pain from obstructing my sleep?

What can I do to prevent arthritis knee pain from obstructing my sleep?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments and exercise therapies available. ...Read more

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Has any one prescribed relafen (nabumetone) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Has any one prescribed relafen (nabumetone) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Relafin: Relafen (nabumetone) belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

There is no one drug that is effective for everyone when it comes to joint pain so please consult with your physician. ...Read more

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Knee pain when bent and when kneeling. Knee pops several time/day but if big pop feels better. I am 30. Arthritis or something else?

Varies: There are many potential causes. One of the more common is having a small meniscus tear. The posterior horn of the medial meniscus is the most common area involved and pain is usually worse as the knee is bent and the tear is often associated with clicking and popping. Does not require an injury. Consider being seen and getting an MRI for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could it be arthritis? Knee pain, mostly in right knee. Pain out of the blue more during the cold/winter months. Standing, walking and sitting.

Could it be arthritis? Knee pain, mostly in right knee. Pain out of the blue more during the cold/winter months. Standing, walking and sitting.

Unlikely: At your age w/ no other joints apparently affected arthritis is not likely. More likely diagnoses (w/o the benefit of examination) would include patellofemoral pain and tendinitis (among others).If your pain continues see your pcp for evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 32 with severe knee pain from outside the kneecaps and inner pain of the knees I hve petellafemoral syndrome and arthritis it hurts really bad?

I'm 32 with severe knee pain from outside the kneecaps and inner pain of the knees I hve petellafemoral syndrome and arthritis it hurts really bad?

Let me explain: Patellar-femoral syndrome (pfps) is a syndrome characterized by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone). It is the most frequently encountered diagnosis in sports medicine clinics.

It sound you are suffering from this problem go and check it out. ...Read more

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Can a pt be a candidate for TKR if they have chronic knee pain without severe arthritis? I've had 4 previous surgeries & still have debilitating pain.

Can a pt be a candidate for TKR if they have chronic knee pain without severe arthritis? I've had 4 previous surgeries & still have debilitating pain.

No: Pain can be mechanical (worn or broken joint), inflammatory (something irritating or infecting the joint), neuropathic (nerve problem), or functional (normal joint but brain senses pain). First, find out which type of pain. TKR is only done for completely worn out joint. So, no. ...Read more

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Right knee pain told arthritis by primary don't think its that since I injured it kicking a door yrs ago and that's when it started no visible deforms?

Right knee pain told arthritis by primary don't think its that since I injured it kicking a door yrs ago and that's when it started no visible deforms?

Likely ligament pain: If you had a ligament sprain that was never treated, then it's possible you have ligament pain. Ligaments are the primary stabilizers of our joints and if they are weak (or loose) the joint will not be stable. This "extra" movement in the joint can create other problems down the road. Recommend you visit a physician with expertise in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal pain. www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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57 yr old M. run 5 miles in the AM, walk 5 miles in the PM, 5 days a week. Inner knee pain on touch and bending. Bursitis or arthritis, or what else?

57 yr old M. run 5 miles in the AM, walk 5 miles in the PM, 5 days a week. Inner knee pain on touch and bending. Bursitis or arthritis, or what else?

Knee pain: Pain in general is the sign of the problem, it could be both, let it rest for a couple weeks, take motrin 600 mg twice /day. If the pain goes away this it, if not, see a local doctor for referral for PT. ...Read more

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I have knee swelling and knee pain it has been 2 years now. My kneecap dislocated and it keeps shifting. I now habe arthritis. Wjat can I do?

I have knee swelling and knee pain it has been 2 years now. My kneecap dislocated and it keeps shifting. I now habe arthritis. Wjat can I do?

Chondromalacia Patel: You may have arthritis under your kneecap sometimes called chondromalacia patella. Your best strategyy is to develop a strong knee exercise program with guidance by your physician and physicial therapy ...Read more

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My rheumatology Dr prescribed tramadol 50 mg prn for knee pain for arthritis. It doesn't help much with pain. Should I tell him or give it a few days.

My rheumatology Dr prescribed tramadol 50 mg prn for knee pain for arthritis. It doesn't help much with pain. Should I tell him or give it a few days.

A few days: Yes, give it a few days. Tramadol is an analgesic (pain killer) that can help with mechanical pain which arises from wear & tear or damage in the knee joint. However, the drug is not an anti-inflammatory so it will not help if inflammation is present. If not better in a few days, ask your rheumatologist if you can add Tylenol (analgesic) or ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) to your tramadol regimen. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis from last 2 yrs. Recently, I have started facing knee pain while walking and climbing stairs. Is it psoriasis arthritis?

I have psoriasis from last 2 yrs. Recently, I have started facing knee pain while walking and climbing stairs. Is it psoriasis arthritis?

Not necessary: Up to 30% of patients with Psoriasis can have Psoriatic arthritis but knee pain is very frequent as well from other causes. It sounds your pain maybe more mechanical since it hurts with activity instead most of the inflammatory arthritis like psoriatic arthritis are painful in the morning with stiffness and improved with activities. Maybe you are overweight and that's more fr, see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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Orthopedic question: chronic knee pain how can that happen. How long after knee surgery can one get arthritis if it wasn't present during surgery?

Orthopedic question: chronic knee pain how can that happen. How long after knee surgery can one get arthritis if it wasn't present during surgery?

Ch knee Pain: Chronic pain in knee is commonly due to osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, gout etc. It is not related to surgery unless there is some damage. It takes many years (10-15) to develop. ...Read more

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31 year old Knee pain in both legs doctor said I have early arthritis what does that mean?

31 year old Knee pain in both legs doctor said I have early arthritis what does that mean?

Doubt it: At your age you may have chondromalacia or most often biomechanics issues putting excessive loads on knee- see a sports physical therapist ...Read more

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My 64 year old mother has right knee pain. She barely can walk on it from the pain. She doesn't have arthritis or diebetes.?

My 64 year old mother has right knee pain. She barely can walk on it from the pain. She doesn't have arthritis or diebetes.?

Knee pain: Could be multiple causes. If from knee itself orthopedic surgeon or physiatrist should be able to help explain the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...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