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Knee pain on left side, under knee cap to the touch. The knee is tight and hurts to bend. Especially going down stairs. It is swollen above knee cap.

Knee pain on left side, under knee cap to the touch. The knee is tight and hurts to bend. Especially going down stairs. It is swollen above knee cap.

Go see PCP: Your symptoms of pain, swelling, tenderness, and decreased range of motion are suggestive of inflammation. It can be as benign as a tendinitis if you recently did some strenuous exercising, or more serious if you are having fevers (it can be sign of infection or gout). ...Read more

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I have server knee pain on the left side of the knee cap. Can bear weight and constant pain and swelling. No insurance and I need help. What can it be?

I have server knee pain on the left side of the knee cap. Can bear weight and constant pain and swelling. No insurance and I need help. What can it be?

Clinic: If you have no insurance, call the closest medical school clinic. Usually listed under a university name. Ask receptionist for name of the walk-in clinic or their general medical clinic. Then call the clinic and explain you are uninsured. Most likely they have a volunteer no cost clinic. You have arthritis or knee injury and need to be seen. If all fails, go to er -- they cannot turn you away. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

This needs 2 B eval-: -by an orthopedic surgeon. It can B from mall alignment of your extensor mechanism 2 an arthritic problem. A hands on exan & imaging need B done. ...Read more

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Fell hit knee cap on wooden stair. Not bruised at sight but on left side of knee and hurts down front of leg and throbs at top of foot. Serious?

Fell hit knee cap on wooden stair. Not bruised at sight but on left side of knee and hurts down front of leg and throbs at top of foot. Serious?

Tough to say: It is difficult to tell on the internet. Are you on blood thinners? It is possible you have developed a hematoma or pinched a nerve. Most likely, the pain is referred to your foot and will resolve. If you can't bear weight, can't move your foot or have a loss of sensation see a doctor tonight. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of (constant) pain r knee that increases with bending it &alternates in left side sometimes up, down, back, around knee cap?

What can be the cause of (constant) pain r knee that increases with bending it &alternates in left side sometimes up, down, back, around knee cap?

Knee pain: Could be chodromalacia, inflammation of your knee joint, an overuse type injury, etc. See a dr. And get evaluated and then the treatment would be forthcoming. Good luck, get well soon. ...Read more

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What is pulsing on the left side of my knee cap?

What is pulsing on the left side of my knee cap?

Patella pain: There are genicular arteries, sometimes varicose veins, or impinging inflamed synovial tissues that may be the culprit. ...Read more

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When I still for a long time and get up, I get pain in my left knee on the left side of the knee cap along the leg. Randomly started. Limp for 10secs?

Knee Pain: Have you ever had knee issues before? Sounds like your knee is getting stiff while you're sitting. You might have a patellar tilt or tight lateral retinaculum that is causing this pain when it stiffens after inactivity. It might be a good idea to seek referral to an orthopedic surgeon and get x-rays done. If those are negative, physical therapy would be a good next step. ...Read more

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I hit my knee cap, really hard, on the very edge of a coffee table a day & a half ago. It made contact with the left front side edge of my knee cap.

I hit my knee cap, really hard, on the very edge of a coffee table a day & a half ago. It made contact with the left front side edge of my knee cap.

Knee pain: Likely a bruise but need an xray to look at the bones especially the patella to make sure nothing was broken. See an orthopedic doc. Till then brace, ice and NSAIDs ...Read more

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Whenever I run my knee starts to hurt. It's my right leg and it hurts kind of under my knee cap a little on the LEFT side of my knee on my RIGHT knee.

Whenever I run my knee starts to hurt. It's my right leg and it hurts kind of under my knee cap a little on the LEFT side of my knee on my RIGHT knee.

Orthopedic surgeon: This may be due to muscle, tendon or cartilage problem. If you want to continue a running program, see an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and advice so you won't cause any permanent damage. ...Read more

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Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Be seen: There are so many possibilities that it is really hard to say without more history and the benefit of an exam. An avid runner is at risk for a stress fracture. Symptomatic chondromalacia at the patellofemoral joint, a meniscal tear, an inflammatory condition of the knee like chondrocalcinosis are all considerations. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

Knee sprain/strain: You will need to see an Orthopedist for an exam to determine stability. An MRI should reveal what structures are injured. I would suggest reducing strenuous activity that causes significant pain or swelling until diagnosis is made. Use 20 minutes of ice and an Ace bandage for acute swelling/pain. You may also take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or Motrin/Aleve for pain/inflamation. ...Read more

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Having trouble with spasms on both side of knee cap?

Having trouble with spasms on both side of knee cap?

Quadriceps Strain: Quadriceps femoris muscle group is Latin for "four headed muscle of the femur". It is one of the most important muscle groups contributing to upright stance and human locomotion. Located in front of the thigh, vastus laterals, medialis and intermedium extend the knee as rectus femoris flexes the hip. Quads attach to the knee cap and when strained in explosive kicking sports cause pain and spasm. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on side of knee cap/around knee cap. Running/biking daily before but haven't exercised for 4 days and pain still here. Worse w/standing/bending?

Patellofemoral pain: Your symptoms are characteristic of ' chondromalacia of the patella' or kneecap pain. Pain can occur from actual softening of the kneecap cartilage, tendinitis, instability of the kneecap or malalignment of your lower extremity (or a combination of the above). Rest, nsaids and isometric quad strengthening w/ hamstring stretching would be recommended initially. See your ors if symptoms continue. Gl! ...Read more

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Right knee pain on inner side of knee cap can't bear weight on it unless its straight but when not bearing weight I can't straighten it.

Right knee pain on inner side of knee cap can't bear weight on it unless its straight but when not bearing weight I can't straighten it.

Knee pain: In addition to a possible meniscus tear as suggested by the other physician previously, patella-femoral pain syndrome, retropatellar pain syndrome, chondromalacia patella, and runner's knee. The pain associated with this problem is often described as a locking sensation when the knee cap does not track properly in the groove that it sits in called the trochlea. Ultimately, this does need to be further evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to help figure out the problem and recommend proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have a sore knee at side of knee cap. X-ray clear. Cant kneel on it as too sore. Not sore any other time.

I have a sore knee at side of knee cap. X-ray clear. Cant kneel on it as too sore. Not sore any other time.

? meniscus: Meniscus tears are common and they limit flexion (bending). It would hurt on lifting your ankle up to your buttocks as well. Soft tissue problems like that don't show up on plain xrays but can be diagnosed by an MRI or orthopedic examination. ...Read more

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Knee pain on right side of knee cap, hurts to bend. Makes a popping sound every time I walk. Can't squat down, causes unbelievable pain.

Knee pain on right side of knee cap, hurts to bend. Makes a popping sound every time I walk. Can't squat down, causes unbelievable pain.

You need to see MD: Can't help you on Health Tap you need to be examined possible xrays and other exams. You should be examined by a Orthopedic Physician. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left?

I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left?

Patellar tendinitis: Patellar tendinitis, mistracking your patella, in the patello-femoral groove. Have it checked out! ...Read more

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Hi I have knee pain to the left of my knee cap and sometimes it gives out on me?

Internal derangement: Pain and giving out are symptoms of internal derangement of the knee such as loose body, cartilage damage or meniscal injury. You need an exam by ax-ray and likely M.R.I. for diagnosis. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am a runner and the inner side of my knee cap hurts? What is this? I am only 18.

I am a runner and the inner side of my knee cap hurts? What is this? I am only 18.

Patella-Femoral pain: Patella-femoral syndrome (pfs) is a very common condition in runners and none runners. It does affect younger people too. You should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and start a rehab program. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my left knee cap. When I bend my knee, it feels painful to straighten the knee and if I have been standing, it feels painful to bend?

Anterior knee pain: This kind of knee pain is fairly common. It could be inflammation of the patellar tendon or might be pain in the patello-femoral joint space (where the knee cap rubs against the end of the femur). Either way, this sort of knee pain usually improves with physical therapy exercises. ...Read more