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Pain right above knee cap no pain when bent but forget putting it straight it feels like my knee is going to break. Just keeping leg straight hurts?

Pain right above knee cap no pain when bent but forget putting it straight it feels like my knee is going to break. Just keeping leg straight hurts?

Sounds like: A possible SUPRA ("ABOVE") PATELLAR BURSITIS (fluid filled inflammed sac)
Check it out with your Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to an Orthopedic Surgeon

Hope this helps!

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Dr. John Michalski
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I have a sharp pain right above my knee cap and the worsens at night, what could it be? This has been happening for almost a year.

I have a sharp pain right above my knee cap and the worsens at night, what could it be? This has been happening for almost a year.

Bursitis: The suprapatellar bursa/fluid-filled sac can be found just under the upper knee cap/patella which extends upward to the quadriceps muscle. This can become inflamed after injury from a fall or from overuse including running. Possibly the position of lying down at night makes it more symptomatic. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen may help; you may need an injection. See orthopedist. Read more

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How to solve issues of knee cap?

How to solve issues of knee cap?

1st is 2 C an ortho-: -pedic surgeon & get a diagnosis. There R many maladies that effect the patella. Read more

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How to remove a person knee cap?

How to remove a person knee cap?

Surgery: Surgery can be used to remove a kneecap, but it's rarely used as the knee strength and function worsen quite a bit. Read more

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What is this pain under my knee cap?

What is this pain under my knee cap?

CMP: Persistent pain under the knee not associated with significant trauma or injury is very likely chondromalacia patella. It is usually treated with physical therapy and mild pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds. Read more

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Why does my knee cap pop into place?

Why does my knee cap pop into place?

Instability: You may have some patella instability
which may be causing patella instabilty
quad strengthening, bracing/taping
and therapy may be helpful. Read more

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What to do with a spur under knee cap?

What to do with a spur under knee cap?

If Painful treat: His term means you have arthritic changes under your knee knee cap. Many of these are not symptomatic. So we just watch. If they are painful, there is a range of options depending on the rest of the knee findings and exam. So you need X-rays, a good physical exam, more history of when it is symptomatic, and then non surgical and surgical options can be shared with you. Read more

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How to fix a very, very loose knee cap?

Exercise: Instability of the patella or knee cap is best addressed with a dedicated exercise program that seeks to strengthen the quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh. A patellar stabilizing brace may help as well. Would recommend a visit to a local physical therapist to help get going on your exercise program. Read more

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Where can a knee cap shifting out of place go?

Where can a knee cap shifting out of place go?

Lateral: Nearly all knee caps that shift out of place (dislocate), go to the outside (lateral) side of the knee. Read more

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What causes pain directly under the knee cap?

Chondromalacia patel: Typically caused by damage on the
posterior aspect of the patella due to
damage or malalignment
try working on quad strengthening
and possible taping or patella bracing. Read more

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What have I done to my knee? Knee cap feels loose

What have I done to my knee? Knee cap feels loose

No injury?: Image is a fracture. If you rest ur leg in front of u on a coffee table ; relax ur muscles ur knee cap is normally very moveable. If this is what u describe it is normal ; not painful. If it is painful ; due 2 an injury u need an ortho xame ; x-rays. 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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What to do if I have done any damage to my knee cap?

What to do if I have done any damage to my knee cap?

Exercise: The most important thing is to fix and functional problem u may have such as weak quads, tight hamstrings, and poorly conditioned core. See you mr doctor to get a prescription for therapy Read more

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What can be done for a knee cap that moves wrong across your knee?

Patellar tracking: Patellar tracking disorder occurs when the kneecap shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. It can be due to your anatomy and knee overuse. Take a break from activities that cause knee pain, like squatting, kneeling, running, and jumping. Put ice on your knee, and take antiinflammatory or pain medicines. Strengthen your thigh muscles to keep your kneecap stable. Read more

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Why might it be that my knee cap pops into place and is it a problem?

Why might it be that my knee cap pops into place and is it a problem?

Probably NOT, as its: Very common to have a popping knee cap. Without pain, its fairly normal to have it. If there is no other symptoms (pain, swelling, tenderness etc) then I would not worry.
Is there any hx of an injury? Women are more prone to have patellar problems. If it persists then consult an orthopod. Read more

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I have a place on my outer knee cap that sticks out a little. What can that be?

I have a place on my outer knee cap that sticks out a little. What can that be?

Knee cap prominence: It could be a spur possibly related to some arthritis but could be scar tissue from an old injury. Could be slight bony buildup from old injury. If not particularly painful it is probably not serious but only xrays can tell for sure. Read more