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Could pinched nerves cause knee problems or swelling in the knees?

Could pinched nerves cause knee problems or swelling in the knees?

Pain, not swelling: A pinched nerve can (and often does) cause pain, along with tingling and numbness. However, pinched nerves should not cause swelling. (there may be swelling in the area of the pinched nerve, but it would not be visible. The knee would not swell from a pinched nerve alone.). ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Knee and spine: No but low back related weakness and proprioception problems around the knee joint can exaggerate and accelerate the wear and tear that a knee endures, and sometimes is a fundamental aggravating, causative factor. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve cause numbness, tingling and sharp shooting pains in the front/outer thigh area? There is also tender swelling around the knee.

Could a pinched nerve cause numbness, tingling and sharp shooting pains in the front/outer thigh area? There is also tender swelling around the knee.

Short answer YES: The short answer to your question is yes. The longer answer to your question is you need to be thoroughly examined by a neurologist and possibly undergo electrical as well as imaging diagnostics. Feel free to follow my webpage at www.healthtap.com/Drsaghafi choosing key code: PDXFNR in order to make a calendar appointment. ...Read more

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I have pinched nerves in hips could it cause knee pain?

I have pinched nerves in hips could it cause knee pain?

Yes and no: Anatomically there are no nerves in the hips that would cause pain in the knee. Most people will call pain in the buttock area their hip. This pain can be generated from nerve irritation in the lower back. Pain can also travel down the outside of the leg from a condition called ITB syndrome. Trigger points can also refer pain. Discuss with your Doc. ...Read more

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How will I know if the esi as started to take effect on my leg, knee, ankle, thights, due to 2 pinched nerves, herniated disk. Cause I have had pain for

How will I know if the esi as started to take effect on my leg, knee, ankle, thights, due to 2 pinched nerves, herniated disk. 
Cause I have had pain for

Lumbar epidural: Reduction of pain in the back as well as the lower extremities is a good indication that the epidurals have started to do their job. Numbness, tingling sensation, pins and needles and weakness in the extremities may not subside if there is nerve damage. But it is hoped the pain in the back and legs will improve. Often need more than 1 or a different type of injection to obtain the desired effect. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve behind the knee cause the medial head of the gastrocnemius to stick out? The medial head sticks out in a straight line, very hard.

Be systematic: Nerves generally don't get "pinched" in the popliteal fossa. In any case, a "pinched" nerve would likely cause weakness of a muscle, not hardness or spasm. Baker's cysts, which occur in the popliteal fossa, usually aren't hard like bone. Something that feels hard is likely to be bone. So maybe something bony deep to the muscle is pushing it backward/outward. See a doctor and have it examined. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause body to feel tingly and weak. Had dislocated knees and shoulder. Not recent though. Can my chiropractor help solve this?

Can a pinched nerve cause body to feel tingly and weak. Had dislocated knees and shoulder. Not recent though. Can my chiropractor help solve this?

They treat nothing: That's the all-purpose delusion of chiropractic: Every problem is a "pinched nerve": Not just back pain, but everything: Depression, impotence, constipation, deafness, acne, flat feet, asthma, allergies, you name it. As a neurologist, I'm here to tell you: Your chiropractor has no more real knowledge about the human body, health or disease than you do. Chiropractic is quackery with a capital Q. ...Read more

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Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Not directly: No, it will not help directly, but if with diet and exercise it allows you to lose weight, so of the symptoms associated with those other conditions may improve or even go away. Excess weight aggravates many conditions, including the ones you mention. ...Read more

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Can sciatica or pinched nerve cause burning pain in the popliteal area and pain down calf? X-ray normal, ultrasound knee-groin for DVT normal

Can sciatica or pinched nerve cause burning pain in the popliteal area and pain down calf? X-ray normal, ultrasound knee-groin for DVT normal

Yes, but: Sciatica can have various symptoms. Local tenderness is not one of them squeez your calf. If it's tender stay on the path of considering a blood clot or at least phlebitis. If it's not tender than sciatica is a good consideration ...Read more

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Injuried knee for 2 month front/both sides of knee pain swelling front and back of knee, nerves in back of knee cause tingling in foot, can't bend kne?

Injuried knee for 2 month front/both sides of knee pain swelling front and back of knee, nerves in back of knee cause tingling in foot, can't bend kne?

Need an evaluation: You have a knee Ed fusion, and swelling in the back is a Baker cyst, and that is compressing on certain structures. There are other things I can mimic this. You need to have imaging, and evaluation, fluid removed from the knee, and a good idea of what the internal structural problems that may be compressing the nerve or vascular structures in the back of the knee ...Read more

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Will a disc pushing against your sciatica nerve cause knee swelling?

Will a disc pushing against your sciatica nerve cause knee swelling?

No: Knee swelling is usually due knee joint abnormalities including arthropathies and trauma. Sciatica usually involve back pain with numbness may radiate to legs and toes. ...Read more

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Acl reconstuction was over 2 yrs ago no problems til now the knee was fell on and caused a knot to come up right under the incision there is a lot of stiffness and a little swelling how serious is this?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Standing on my right knee causes pain that of burning sensation. It lasts secs once I get off knee. No swelling. Fallen on them 10yrs. Nerve damage?

Sounds like you have: Arthritis, or a meniscal tear. The fall might be responsible for the arthritis, but I think it's the daily activities with subtle injuries in a susceptible person resulting in a meniscal tear. It's not a nerve issue.
See an orthopod and I am sure he'll help you.
In the meantime, use a cane for support, as I have seen too many people falling ; making it worse.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can methadone cause blood clots and or swelling and pain in leg. Had blood clot a few months ago. Went away. Years ago told my left side had circulation problems. Lower left leg swollen painful can't move it. Must pain right under knee

Can methadone cause blood clots and or swelling and pain in leg. Had blood clot a few months ago. Went away. Years ago told my left side had circulation problems. Lower left leg swollen painful can't move it. Must pain right under knee

A : A swollen leg with a history of blood clots is a worrisome combination. You could very well have another clot, and blood clots in the legs can lead to bad complications. You need to be examined for this and have an ultrasound study.

Do you have a history of injecting IV drugs into the veins in your legs? That's a great way to damage the veins and put you at risk for leg swelling and/or blood clots. ...Read more

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Can a sciatic nerve cause you to have excessive water in the knee and pain swelling in ankle and foot? Or a torn acl?

Not directly. Tho --: The nerve injury can affect the whole leg resulting in weakness, inability to stand on it. Such situation can cause a fall or injury with pain/swelling of joints of the foot/ankle/knee. Torn acl is not particularly associated with nerve injury. ...Read more

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Would a torn ACL cause excessive water in knee and a very sensitive calf? And swelling in ankles and foot,? Or could a sciatic nerve cause all of this?

ACL: Yes. The water is inflammation in the knee joint — from the torn acl. Thing like a bakers cyst behind the knee or a torn knee joint capsule could cause the fluid to leak out and affect the calf and cause swelling in the affected leg. Due to the instability in the knee, you would be compensating and using muscles differently so could aggravate the affected leg and put pressure on the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Do pinched nerves last forever? I haven't felt my right knee for 4 years.

Pinched nerve: Pinched nerves are usually relatively brief. It would be unusual to have a knee problem for that long. This should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon or primary doctor. ...Read more

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What are synptoms of a pinched nerve in the knee?

What are synptoms of a pinched nerve in the knee?

Pinched Nerve: In the knee can be pain, burning etc. There are very few nerves that can get pinched at the knee, so likely something else is going on. I would also suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further and determine what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in back causing pain in leg and knee. What can I do at home?

Pinched nerve in back causing pain in leg and knee. What can I do at home?

Rest, nsaids: In order to alleviate the symptoms of a lumbar radiculopathy, the use of rest
and nsaids is most important.
If symptoms persist, the use of physical
therapy and sometimes a steroid pack
can also be helpful. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee a week ago and it's now numb from the knee down. So if it's a pinched nerve ho do we fix it?

I fell on my knee a week ago and it's now numb from the knee down. So if it's a pinched nerve ho do we fix it?

Numbness: Is not the end of the world, but of course it is not normal. Falling directly on the knee can injury the nerves running below the knee cap as well as a nerve along the inside of the knee. I would not expect the whole leg to be numb below the knee, but more like a patch or isolated area. Nerves heal, but it takes time. As long as there is no weakness or instability of the knee, time will heal. ...Read more

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I usually get my pinched nerve on my left leg and lately I have been feeling in on my other leg (knees down)? Could this be my pinchenerve?

I usually get my pinched nerve on my left leg and lately I have been feeling in on my other leg (knees down)? Could this be my pinchenerve?

Leg pain.: It is strongly recommended for you to obtain an MRI lumbar spine to rule out any disc herniation or spinal cord/nerve root compromise. ...Read more

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I've got a discomfort/pain in my left knee. It feels like a pinched nerve or as if it's going over the kneecap. Only hurts when the knee is bent, it's fine when straightened. Will it heal itself?

I've got a discomfort/pain in my left knee. It feels like a pinched nerve or as if it's going over the kneecap. Only hurts when the knee is bent, it's fine when straightened. Will it heal itself?

Patellofemoral pain: Your description is not quite detailed enough to be able to give you precise answers. Pain on the front of the knee is often derived from the patellofemoral (kneecap) joint. The bursa on the front of the knee can be inflamed as well. At times, nerve irritation from the low back can create pain on the front of the knee. If the pain is not resolving within 1-2 weeks, then it I would see a physician. ...Read more

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How do I relieve a pinched nerve behind the knee? 1 mo. ago I drove a moving truck for 11 hrs, with only 3-4 breaks. Pain still felt upon compression

Are you sure?: Are you sure it is a pinched nerve? I would be more worried about a deep venous thrombosis. I think it would be a good idea to be checked for that. You would need to see your doctor and might need to have some tests like a sonogram. The consequences of missing a DVT could be death in the worst case, so worth checking. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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I had asked this question before, spine dr. Says he think surgery will not help. Knee dr. Says go to neruologist, emg says pinched nerve, hernatied disk.

I had asked this question before, spine dr. Says he think surgery will not help. Knee dr. Says go to neruologist, emg says pinched nerve, hernatied disk.

Clinical conffusion: Sort out wiith diagnostic injections knee and spine intrarticular Marcaine will rule in or out knee as pain generator then do selective nerveroot block of epsilateral L4 nerve root if MRI is abnormal no surgery umtil pain generator is confirmed by a sucessful injection if that doesn't work then to pain management for empiric treatment of unknown pain. The or is no place to clear up clinical confus. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck or back give sharp pains in the knees and legs?

Yes: The nerves connect the brain to the arms and the legs. Any interruption 'upstream' ie in the neck or back can affect things 'downstream' ie in the arms or legs. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more