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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Sharp severe pain in left knee. Pain occurs when bending or lifting leg, when going down stairs, and when pressing quad-edge of kneecap.

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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Sharp severe pain in left knee. Pain occurs when bending or lifting leg, when going down stairs, and when pressing quad-edge of kneecap.

Protection!: You know the joke "Doc, it hurts when I do this." and Doc says "Don't do that! Well, for now try not to do those things. Also use a good knee brace to protect/imobolize the knee until you can see a doctor for an exam. Rest will help whatever it is to stop further irritation damage. Knees can be unforgiving, so treat them w/ gentle care. Best! ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Pain (Definition)

Knee pain is a clinical finding in which the joint (where the bones meet) of the knee is painful to move. This can occur with Injury, arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more


Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I have knee pain on the outside of my knee and sometimes on the inside. Walking hurts but going up stairs is very painful. No direct injury. Cause?

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I have knee pain on the outside of my knee and sometimes on the inside. Walking hurts but going up stairs is very painful. No direct injury. Cause?

Prob chondromalacia : Probably chondromalcia patellae or simply the patella impacting the femur. Usually related to quadriceps muscle weakness. Pain on inside of knee could also be a bursitis, related to the accompanying knee instability. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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12 years in practice
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Knee pain after meniccus surgery, especially going up and down stairs. Surgery was 2 weeks ago.

Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Knee pain after meniccus surgery, especially going up and down stairs. Surgery was 2 weeks ago.

Speak with surgeon: He should be able to address your concerns after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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What might be causing my knee pain and what should I do about it? I have pain along the outside of my l knee that only hurts when i go up and down stairs or move from a sitting to standing position. There is no redness or swelling. I have not done anyt

Dr. Frederick Buechel
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What might be causing my knee pain and what should I do about it? I have pain along the outside of my l knee that only hurts when i go up and down stairs or move from a sitting to standing position.  There is no redness or swelling.   I have not done anyt

Several options: This can be from patella tendonitis, knee cap arthritis, meniscus tears, lateral compartment arthritis, quad tendonitis, it band syndrome for starters. Get an examination and an orthopedic surgeon can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Shane Miller
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I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

Dr. Shane Miller
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile.  What could this be?

Patellofemoral Pain: Pain in the front of the knee around the kneecap, that often gets worse with using stairs, prolonged sitting, or activity such as walking long distances is called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It can often be addressed with physical therapy. I would recommend seeing a physician to make sure nothing else is going on, and help guide your treatment plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Gene Tekmyster
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24y/o F with left knee pain. When I go down stairs/hills, keep it bent for 3 mins or so and at night I get random shooting pains that move up my thigh?

Dr. Gene Tekmyster
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24y/o F with left knee pain. When I go down stairs/hills, keep it bent for 3 mins or so and at night I get random shooting pains that move up my thigh?

Knee Cap: Knee pain is very common. The symptoms you describe on the surface sound like patellofemoral syndrome. This can have many causes. Some if which include improper muscle activation, misalignment of the knee cap, or poor biomechanics. The sharp pain in the thigh is not part of this process. I would recommend evaluation by a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
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I woke up with knee pain on the inside of my knee. it feels very tight when I bend it. Going up and down stairs is miserable.

Dr. John Goldman
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I woke up with knee pain on the inside of my knee. it feels very tight when I bend it. Going up and down stairs is miserable.

Joint or bursitis: Your physician will need to evaluate you to see if you have internal knee problems in the inside medial knee such as cartilage or joint pain or if it comes from bursitis on the outside of your medial knee - often anserine bursitis. Each of these conditions could mimic the pain you describe. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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On 9/21 i fell & landed on knee. Pain 7/10 slightly swollen & bruised. Most painful when bending & going up n down stairs. Should i see a dr?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
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On 9/21 i fell & landed on knee. Pain 7/10 slightly swollen & bruised. Most painful when bending & going up n down stairs. Should i see a dr?

Have it evaluated: Have it evaluated by a professional. Depending on the severity of the injury treatment options include: bracing, casting, physical therapy, injections, and surgical repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Taddeo
Board Certified, Podiatry
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How do I deal with severe shins splints and knee pain? It hurts even when I walk and go up the stairs. (Cross Country and Track and Field runner)

Dr. Richard Taddeo
Board Certified, Podiatry
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How do I deal with severe shins splints and knee pain? It hurts even when I walk and go up the stairs. (Cross Country and Track and Field runner)

Rest and ice: at first. Add an otc anti-inflammatory. Consider biomechanical correction ...Read more

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