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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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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more


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I have onset throbbing pain behind my knee caps and down my legs that last from 30 minutes to 6 hours ,for the past three years now. What can I do?

I have onset throbbing pain behind my knee caps and down my legs that last from 30 minutes to 6 hours ,for the past three years now. What can I do?

See your doctor : I would start by seeing your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. Ask if any tests are needed, and whether it not a referral to an orthopedic or vascular surgeon would be appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking, down to seven a day. But when I smoke as of late I get a throbbing pain in my left knee cap. Is this something to worry about?

Trying to quit smoking, down to seven a day. But when I smoke as of late I get a throbbing pain in my left knee cap. Is this something to worry about?

Good luck!: It's no secret that smoking raises the risk of many of health problems, the throbbing pain in your left knee cap is not one of them. To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address an addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it. Ask your PCP for help. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get throbbing in my right knee by the inner top part of the patella then get a warm liquid feeling through my calf, starting to get regular, ideas?

I get throbbing in my right knee by the inner top part of the patella then get a warm liquid feeling through my calf, starting to get regular, ideas?

Could be arthritis: It sounds like you may have fluid on your knee, or a knee effusion. This is usually a sign of acute injury or chronic arthritis. However, if you have calf pain and that leg is swollen, you should seek treatment immediately as you could have a blood clot that can be life threatening. If no calf swelling, try ice on the knee. But, see your doctor for X-rays and further evaluation. ...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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What causes pain directly under the knee cap?

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 causes pressure on the knee cap?

What causes pressure on the knee cap?

Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often not show up in a class knee exam or imaging. A functional exam in addition to classical is recommended. You will see foot and ankle contribute.
https://youtu.be/sVub-q5Wkqw ...Read more

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Is it possible to dislocated a knee cap?

Is it possible to dislocated a knee cap?

Yes- common injury: Knee cap or patella dislocations are actually quit common. Most are effectively treated without a need for surgery. After the dislocated patella is reduced, a brace is usually place to help maintain the patella in a reduced position. Physical therapy is routinely requested to help strengthen the thigh muscles and regain motion with a goal to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Dislocating knee cap. Why is it so mobile!?

Many reasons: Recurring patella dislocations can be related to an overly shallow groove in your distal femur, to malalignment of your knee, or to previous damage to the patellofemoral ligament that helps stabilize the patella. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Lump on my knee cap, what could it be?

Bursitis most likely: These are potential sacs (bursa) of fluid which are present where ever a bone is rather prominent, ie, under the skin. These sacs get swollen to protect the underlying bone; & are liable to get inflamed (then called bursitis). ...Read more

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How would you know if a knee cap was fractured?

How would you know if a knee cap was fractured?

Patellar fracturw: The kneecap can crack just slightly, or can be broken into many pieces. A direct fracture occurs due to a fall or direct blow. An indirect fracture occurs when the thigh muscle contract so strongly that the patella breaks. If you have a patellar fracture you may have bruising swelling, inability to straighten the knee and inability to walk, After examination, an X-ray can be ordered. ...Read more

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Red and warm knee cap. What from?

Red and warm knee cap. What from?

Infection per patell: The first thing to clarify is this an infection in the per patellar bursa on the top of the kneecap. That needs to carefully evaluated immediately after than then we consider other causes of inflammation. This could be crystals
like gout or pseudogout and then other things. ...Read more

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How to treat a dislocated knee cap?

How to treat a dislocated knee cap?

Evaluation Is Key: After reduction and conservative measures to control pain and swelling, the key is to identify associated injuries. If there is a cartilage or osteochondral injury per mri, that problem is managed. If the injury is isolated to the medial patellofemoral ligament, then rehabilitation is the treatment for first time patellar dislocations. Recurrent dislocations are treated differently. ...Read more

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What will heal a fractured knee cap?

What will heal a fractured knee cap?

Depends: It depends if the kneecap is a displaced vs nondisplaced fracture. A nondisplced fracture will heal on its own. A displaced fracture may require screws to approximate the kneecap and to heal properly. ...Read more

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I've got knee cap tendon rupture. Now what?

Orthopedic exam: It is very important to see an orthopedist asap
if you ruptured either your patella tendon or the quad muscle
attachment to the patella, you might require surgery to correct
the problem and obtain the best result. ...Read more

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Any reason for feeling burn below knee cap?

Any reason for feeling burn below knee cap?

See below: This sounds like a common condition called chondromalacia the patella which is an early stage of arthritis of the undersurface od the knee cap which affects the patellofemoral joint. I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon outpatient physical therapist for rehabilitation strengthening exercises and painfree closed and then open chain exercises..Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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What's the outcome of knee cap tendon rupture?

What's the outcome of knee cap tendon rupture?

Surgery: A rupture of either the quadriceps tendon (above kneecap) or of the patella tendon (below kneecap) are both treated surgical especially if it is a complete tear. These two tendons are critical for proper knee function. They are responsible for straightening the knee. ...Read more

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Red and warm knee cap. Dont recall hitting it?

Red and warm knee cap. Dont recall hitting it?

Bursitis: The pre-patellar bursa can sometimes become inflamed by repetitive kneeling or bumping the knee. Though this bursitis usually resolves with anti-inflammatory meds and avoidance of kneeling, sometimes the bursa becomes infected as well which requires antibiotics for treatment. Your primary care physician or orthopaedic surgeon can help with the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I stop my knee cap from kinda twitching?

How do I stop my knee cap from kinda twitching?

Depends on the type: If your leg or arm jumps you could have restless leg syndrome which is treatable.Other remedies may include more rest or evaluation of your body chemicals such as potassium. ...Read more

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How do I tell if i hairline fractured my knee cap?

Xray: An x ray or ct would best show this. See your physician for x ray and physical exam to be sure. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you clarify what knee cap dislocation really is?

Can you clarify what knee cap dislocation really is?

Patella dislocation: During knee flexion, the knee cap or patella normally tracks in a groove in the distal femur called the trochlea. During a patellar dislocation, a traumatic event causes the patella to track outside of this groove while the knee flexes. This can injure some of the stabilizing structures surrounding the patella and can place a patient at risk fora future dislocation event. ...Read more

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Why is my left knee cap making these popping sounds?

Why is my left knee cap making these popping sounds?

Hard to say: Many joints make noise, and without accompanying pain, it is unlikely to be a cause for concern.

Sometimes is may be an indication that there is malalignment or cartilage damage, but generally there is no relationship between the amount of painless popping and internal damage. ...Read more

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In what cases is surgery needed in dislocated knee cap?

In what cases is surgery needed in dislocated knee cap?

Pain or recurrence: If you keep dislocating your knee cap despite pt rehab, surgery can help stabilize it. If you have persistent pain despite time and pt surgery may help realign the tracking of patella. Dislocation can damage the cartilage which may respond or require surgery. ...Read more

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What muscle or ligament is directly behind the knee cap?

What muscle or ligament is directly behind the knee cap?

Knee joint: The knee cap is an integral part of the muscle/tendon complex that comprises the muscles of your anterior thigh which attach inferiorly at the upper part of the tibia. The knee cap exists as a bearing structure against the front of the knee joint which is protected directly behind it. ...Read more

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Can I put full weight/pressure on a dislocated knee cap?

Usually yes: Assuming that you have no other injuries to the knee, you should be able to bear weight after this injury. ...Read more

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Please describe these protruding bones under my knee caps?

Please describe these protruding bones under my knee caps?

Tibial tuberosities;: Part of the leg bone (tibia) these are prominences where the patellar tendon {tendon connecting the knee c to the leg bone, to move the leg into extension (ie to straighten it)}.
Sometimes in growing kids they enlarge from too much activity and be painful. They remain enlarged forever then. The condition is called osgood-schlatter disease. ...Read more