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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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What could cause sharp pain and cracking in knee cap?

What could cause sharp pain and cracking in knee cap?

Wear if cArtilage: You can have cartilage degeneration that causes pain with bending. You can have patella tendinitis also. Need good evaluation to get options to treat it. ...Read more

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When my knee touches the floor I get a sharp pain at the top of my knee cap, what could be causing this pain?

When my knee touches the floor I get a sharp pain at the top of my knee cap, what could be causing this pain?

Deep or superficial: If superficial can be bursitis. if deep can be in the quadriceps (for example tendinitis), or behind the patella (like chondromalacia or arthritis. ...Read more

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I get an occasional sharp pain in the middle front of my knee cap when I stand up from a chair or sitting on the ground on my knee?

Chondromalacia patel: Probably chondromalacia patella, literally softening of the cartilage on the back of you kneecap. Exercises to strengthen you quad muscles without flexing the knee beyond 20-30 degrees might help. You can get a patellar strap at most sporting goods stores. ...Read more

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Why my knee will always become stiff when im walking and its started to have a pull and sharp pain around the knee cap...what its?

Why my knee will always become stiff when im walking and its started to have a pull and sharp pain around the knee cap...what its?

Joint pain worse: Progressive symptoms in a joint of the body should be evaluated by a physician. Be prepared to answer questions like when the pain started, if there was any trauma, what you have done for your symptoms, if you have a family history of immune or joint diseases, when the symptoms occur, and if you have fever, redness, swelling or warmth in the area. ...Read more

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Knee pain: under and below the knee cap-when I stretch it there is sharp pain. I've been icing it, but doesn't help. Hurting for more than a week.

Knee pain: under and below the knee cap-when I stretch it there is sharp pain. I've been icing it, but doesn't help. Hurting for more than a week.

Varies: There are several possibilities including tendinitis of the patellar tendon at its orgin on the patella or chondromalacia on the under surface of the patella. You would probably do well to avoid jumping activities and activities that involve a lot of knee flexion, and if it does not get better I would consider being seen. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on side of knee cap/around knee cap. Running/biking daily before but haven't exercised for 4 days and pain still here. Worse w/standing/bending?

Sharp pain on side of knee cap/around knee cap. Running/biking daily before but haven't exercised for 4 days and pain still here. Worse w/standing/bending?

Patellofemoral pain: Your symptoms are characteristic of ' chondromalacia of the patella' or kneecap pain. Pain can occur from actual softening of the kneecap cartilage, tendinitis, instability of the kneecap or malalignment of your lower extremity (or a combination of the above). Rest, nsaids and isometric quad strengthening w/ hamstring stretching would be recommended initially. See your ors if symptoms continue. Gl! ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind the left knee cap when at rest, that is lying in bed.?

Sharp pain behind the left knee cap when at rest, that is lying in bed.?

Consult: With a doctor to make sure this is not a problem with your circulation or nerves. If there is any swelling, it could be deep vein thrombophlebitis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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I fell at work, hard on my left knee. I have sharp pain when kneeling or even when I touch my knee cap. What happened?

I fell at work, hard on my left knee. I have sharp pain when kneeling or even when I touch my knee cap. What happened?

Need X-ray: If you haven't done so already, you need to be examined and have an x-ray. It is possible that you have fractured/broken your knee cap which sometimes requires surgery or at least a brace or cast. If not, then most likely you have sustained a contusion or bone bruise which should improve with time. Other possibilities exist as well & are best determined by an orthopedic evaluation. ...Read more

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When I go down steps or plant my left leg to turn, I am getting a sharp pain under my knee cap & it feels like my knee is going to give out.?

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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Do I have to go to the ER to know if I have an lcl tear. Plus I allso have a knee cap sharp pain?

Do I have to go to the ER to know if I have an lcl tear. Plus I allso have a knee cap sharp pain?

No: ER will not know what to do- you need to see an Orthopedic SPorts Medicine Knee specialist who is fellowship trained and experienced in surgery of the LCL- which is difficult and rare ...Read more

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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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I've injured my lcl last two years. And now its getting bad and I have this sharp pain in my knee cap. What should I do?

Complex: The LCL is extremely complex. A tear often requires surgical reconstruction as it does not heal on its own. Knee cap pain is a separate and discrete issue. In your situation it may be best to seek out your nearest friendly neighborhood Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon! ...Read more

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Got a sharp pain behind knee cap and is getting worse everyday could it be fluid if so is there anyway of helping it without going to the doctor?

Got a sharp pain behind knee cap and is getting worse everyday could it be fluid if so is there anyway of helping it without going to the doctor?

You can try: Oral anti inflammatory meds such as aleve (naproxen) or motrin (naprosyn or ibuprofen), rest, and alternating ice and heat. If that does not help, you need to see a doctor. Don't let it go until damage becomes irreversible. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain while kneeling on my left knee. It feels like a piece of glass stabbed me followed by some numbness. Its below knee cap to the left.?

Several thoughts: Pain below your kneecap area which is the patella tendon can be caused from inflammation of the patella tendon. It can also be from arthritis under the kneecap. There are also skin disorders and bursitis that can cause pain in this area. You really need to get a good physical examination to be able to make the true diagnosis. Seek out the advice of an orthopedic surgeon to help you. ...Read more

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My right knee has this sharp pain everyday unpredictably, bordering the knee cap. It will make me collapse or limb heavily. What might be happening?

My right knee has this sharp pain everyday unpredictably, bordering the knee cap. It will make me collapse or limb heavily. What might be happening?

Inflammed tendon, or: Pain below the patella is commonly (not always) due to inflammation of the patella tendon, aka "jumper's knee". Chondromalacia/arthritis is also a consideration. Typical treatment options consist of rice, antiinflammatories, physical therapy, counterbrace supports, massage, injections. Your orthopedic physician can provide a more accurate diagnosis with a physical exam and possible x-ray. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT. Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT. Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Varies: If when you say you dislocated your knee, you mean you dislocated your knee cap (patella), then it is often associated with a tear in the medial retinaculum. It can often heal on its own or with physical therapy. Rarely, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Sharp pain around right knee shooting down leg when crossing it. Patella doesn't hurt. Full weight bearing and strength. Not swollen either.

Sharp pain around right knee shooting down leg when crossing it. Patella doesn't hurt. Full weight bearing and strength. Not swollen either.

Meniscus injury: An injury to the meniscus can lead to pain when applying pressure to the inside of the knee while crossing the legs this can be aggravated. Although usually there is swelling of the knee sometimes you'll only get pain and not much swelling. If regularanti-inflammatories and ice or not helping then it is necessary to obtain consultation with an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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I'm 27yrs old and I have sharp stabbing pain in my left knee cap the pain gets worse every day now the pain is constant?

Maltracking: The knee cap (patella) rides in a channel at the bottom of the femur (patellar femoral groove) while being held in place by the patellar tendon. Sometimes it will slip and ride along one side of the groove, lose cartilage, and become painful. There are surgeries to correct this, and braces that can stabilize. See your orthopedist for an eval. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain under knee cap that lessens when standing or walking or when I rub under knee cap. Feels like sprain or something?

Sharp stabbing pain under knee cap that lessens when standing or walking or when I rub under knee cap. Feels like sprain or something?

Strengthen: Quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program. ...Read more

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Sharp cramp like pain that shoots through the knee on the inside of the knee cap, only happens when resting wakes me up at night, I'm not overweight.

Sharp cramp like pain that shoots through the knee on the inside of the knee cap, only happens when resting wakes me up at night, I'm not overweight.

Hard to say: An exam would help but based on your age, my first guess would be chondromalacia patellae. You can look that up and if it might be the case then physical therapy for same is helpful for a lot of inflammatory conditions of the knee. If there is redness, swelling, or warmth in the joint a doctor's visit is clearly worthwhile. ...Read more

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My right knee keeps clicking and occasionally locking slightly after some sports I recently done. It also has sharp shooting pains behind my knee cap.

My right knee keeps clicking and occasionally locking slightly after some sports I recently done. It also has sharp shooting pains behind my knee cap.

Common problem: Many people that practice sports and present similar symptoms suffer of patellofemoral syndrome caused most likely by muscle imbalance that creates stress in the posterior patella. Treatment is based on position and strengthening exercises/ Physical therapy. If not successful joint injection might be tried. Consult with your PCP or Orthopedist specialist. ...Read more

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I'm a dance teacher and have got a sharp/constant ache pain under my left knee cap and sometimes an ache down into my calf. It's becoming harder to we?

Patellar pain: Hi QWilliamson,

As a dance teacher with significant pain under your kneecap, you need to have that pain evaluated by a specialist.

The kneecap articulates with the femur of your leg, and as with any joint, the bones are susceptible to arthritis, fracture, and other conditions.

The best course of action is to have a physical exam by a physician who will determine the best clinical course. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my knee caps and I have it after my period all the time, I also get these sharp pains from my bum all the way to my waist help me?

I have a pain in my knee caps and I have it after my period all the time, I also get these sharp pains from my bum all the way to my waist help me?

Pain in knees: This could be what is called chrondromalacia patella. This is an "unevenness" behind the kneecap to describe it in layman's terms. You may also notice after sitting for prolonged periods. I would strengthen the quadricep muscles to help with this. The pain in your bum, not sure - either from back itself or from the rectal area due to spasm. ...Read more

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Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Left knee pain started 7 days ago after running. Dull ache, occasional sharp pain, hurts to put pressure around knee cap or on sides. Fairly constant ache last 4 days. Recommendations?

Be seen: There are so many possibilities that it is really hard to say without more history and the benefit of an exam. An avid runner is at risk for a stress fracture. Symptomatic chondromalacia at the patellofemoral joint, a meniscal tear, an inflammatory condition of the knee like chondrocalcinosis are all considerations. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more