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I went for MRI and it shows that my knee caps are fine. But I am feeling pains when doing normal activities such as sitting down and climbing stairs.

I went for MRI and it shows that my knee caps are fine. But I am feeling pains when doing normal activities such as sitting down and climbing stairs.

Knee instability: It could be knee instability ( loose collateral ligaments and peri-articular capsule. It could also be a symptom of vitamin D and calcium deficiency. You need to be examined. ...Read more

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I am having a bruised feeling on my knee cap. It hurts when pressing on it or climbing stairs. It hurts even more when the knee is bent with pressure?

I am having a bruised feeling on my knee cap. It hurts when pressing on it or climbing stairs.  It hurts even more when the knee is bent with pressure?

Possibilities: Prepatellar bursitis is inflamation of the fluid filled sac located in front of your knee cap; it can cause swelling and tenderness to touch. Also patellofemoral syndrome can cause pain particularly with squats, stairs and hills. In this case the knee cap is rubbing on the underlying bone which can happen with repetitive exercise which is why it can be called "runner's knee" stretching can help. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in the top of knee cap when kneeling, climbing ladder, sudden turns. Any ideas?

Sharp pain in the top of knee cap when kneeling, climbing ladder, sudden turns. Any ideas?

Painful kneecap: Several conditions about the anterior knee can cause this type of pain, such as chondromalacia of the patella, quad tendinitis, plica syndrome, chronic subluxation of the patella, etc. You would need to see your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

Both my knees "pop" when climbing stairs. There is no pain. What could this be?

No pain=no problem: As long as you do not have accompanying pain or limited mobility, popping or cracking of joints should be of no concern. The tissues in joint may have minor rough spots or imperfections that cause sounds. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have pain in my knees while climbing stairs?

I have pain in my knees while climbing stairs?

Many causes: Usually is the articular cartilage in your age. Can work on quad and hamstring strengthening. If no response meds , bracing, weight loss , pt. Need ortho eval. With xrays and maybe further testing to determine source of pain. ...Read more

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I am 38 year old female.I have knee pain especially in morning and time of climbing stairs or bending downwards. What should I do?

I am 38 year old female.I have knee pain especially in morning and time of climbing stairs or bending downwards. What should I do?

Patella femoral : If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely patella femoral pain syndrome/chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more

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I am facing severe pain in my knees while climbing stairs.

I am facing severe pain in my knees while climbing stairs.

Rest a lot: Try MOtrim 600 mg every 12 hour if no improving go to see an Orthopaedic and a aNTI-inflammatory treatment for pain. .MRI of knee will help to find a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Knee pain while first standing and climbing stairs after long flight. 60. Any ideas?

Knee pain while first standing and climbing stairs after long flight. 60. Any ideas?

Patellofemoral pain: Pain in the front of the knee when climbing stairs, first standing, or sitting for prolonged periods is generally from problems under the knee cap. This can be patellofemoral pain, chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral arthritis. ...Read more

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I have a jabbing pain in my left knee when climbing stairs following heavy exercise. What could this be and can I keep running?

I have a jabbing pain in my left knee when climbing stairs following heavy exercise. What could this be and can I keep running?

Maybe ant. knee pain: Anterior knee pain (patello-femoral dysfunction) is a commonly seen "overuse" injury that can appear after a person increases his training, changes running surfaces, changes to different shoes, gets a separate leg injury that results in slight gait changes, gets some weakness in the quads, etc... A primary care, sports med, or orthopedic doctor's exam can help. Meanwhile, running less is helpful. ...Read more

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