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When I stand I get a sharp pain in my knee and when I kneel. It will also click a lot I have suffered with knee pain for 18 years. What could it be.

When I stand I get a sharp pain in my knee and when I kneel. It will also click a lot I have suffered with knee pain for 18 years. What could it be.

See details: A tear or degenerative arthritis are the most likely causes. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. You need an exam, x-ray and an MRI. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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As of recent when kneeling I sometimes get sharp pain In knee and feel like it might snap. After pain to side of knee? Is this serious?

As of recent when kneeling I sometimes get sharp pain In knee and feel like it might snap. After pain to side of knee? Is this serious?

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say for sure without being able to examine the knee and order appropriate imaging studies. A tear is possible. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have days when I feel a sharp pain in knee when I straighten my leg. Every time it hurts more and more, what could it be?

I have days when I feel a sharp pain in knee when I straighten my leg. Every time it hurts more and more, what could it be?

Several things: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Went bowling and after a game and throwing the ball a weird way I felt a sharp pain in knee now every time I bend down I get a sharp pain any Ideas?

Went bowling and after a game and throwing the ball a weird way I felt a sharp pain in knee now every time I bend down I get a sharp pain any Ideas?

Knee strain: The body positions and leg motions in bowling put a slightly different stress on the knee joint then does walking. You may have strained the knee muscles, ligaments, or cartilage. Try to rest for a week, tryAlleve if you can tolerate it. Swelling of the knee joint may indicate a more significant level of injury. If it pops or locks, you should see your doctor. ...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 knees flexion, and if it does not get better I would consider being seen. ...Read more

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Went to ortho dr about my knee pain. Sharp pain and locking up all time. All dr wants to do is give pain meds. What can I do for it. im tired of meds.

Good for you!!: Sometimes a PT is better for this than an ortho Dr. Especially after they determine no surgery is needed. So seek a good PT referral — ask at a Dr, a hospital, a nursing home, a gym, a pharmacy. You'll find they can really help! ...Read more

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I had this knee pain evertime when I walk.and when im bending it satred to have this sharp pain, how am i going to explane to my doc and what its?

I had this knee pain evertime when I walk.and when im bending it satred to have this sharp pain, how am i going to explane to my doc and what its?

See below: Pain explanation terms
mild, moderate severe
constant intermittent
location medial lateral peripatellar-knee cap
in front, back
mechanical catching locking
radiation down leg
aggravating activities ...Read more

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L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

Microdiskectomy: Give it some time; sometimes simply moving the roots around can upset the lumbar plexus and give you intermittent (even quite severe) pain, although it resolves within a week or two. Getting to the disk requires mobilization of the roots and inflammatory changes from that- or the disk herniation- itself can give this pain. As long as bowel and bladder OK, hopefully this will resolve as well. Best! ...Read more

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Was weeding & kneeling for 15 minutes. When I stood up, can't bear weight on left knee w/out severe front knee pain. Doesn't hurt when sitting. Tips?

Was weeding & kneeling for 15 minutes. When I stood up, can't bear weight on left knee w/out severe front knee pain. Doesn't hurt when sitting. Tips?

Conservative care : Could be an injury to the soft tissue structures within the knee, possibly the meniscus. I would treat with conservative care: rest, ice, and perhaps Aleve (naproxen) or similar product. Hopefully it will resolve in short order. ...Read more

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Help please! I'm having knee pain only when kneeling burning sensation?

Help please! I'm having knee pain only when kneeling burning sensation?

Nerve irritation.: There is a small branch of a nerve that runs in the front of the knee, and can become irritated with direct kneeling. This could account for the burning feeling. See an orthopedic knee specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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I have numbness on the side of my left knee. No knee pain. Right side is normal. No pain when kneeling or exercising. Numbness is always there.

I have numbness on the side of my left knee. No knee pain. Right side is normal. No pain when kneeling or exercising.  Numbness is always there.

Meralgia Paresthetic: This might be meralgia paresthetica especially if the numbness is also on the side of the thigh. You can ask your physician ...Read more

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I am 42, no history of knee injury. Recently I get a burning sensation just beneath my knee cap when kneeling. No knee pain otherwise. Any ideas?

I am 42, no history of knee injury. Recently I get a burning sensation just beneath my knee cap when kneeling. No knee pain otherwise. Any ideas?

Early wear and tear: Pain coud be due to irritated/early wear of the patella cartilage or the surface cartilage of the thigh-bone that rubs against the patella (try knee sleeve with a cutout for knee cap). Other causes could include patellar tendonitis (try knee strap) or a plica and osgood schlatters. For starters avoid kneeling, stairs, knee extension machines, deep squats, lunges etc. Try therapy, ice, advil/alleve. ...Read more

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Right knee: pain bottom left of knee cap; no pain kneeling, pain 1st 4-5 times down stairs and when walking on hard surface store floors for 3+ hours?

Right knee: pain bottom left of knee cap; no pain kneeling, pain 1st 4-5 times down stairs and when walking on hard surface store floors for 3+ hours?

Chondromalacia: Very likely this represents roughened/damaged cartilage behind the kneecap termed patellar chondromalacia. 1st line treatment can include quadriceps, gluteal and hamstring strengthening; it band stretching and a knee brace that stabilizes the kneecap. Many other treatment options exist based on age, severity, activity level, etc. ...Read more

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When I put pressure on to my kneecap e.g (kneeling with the knee on the grounds) I get a sharp pain on the outside of my knee. What could this be?

When I put pressure on to my kneecap e.g (kneeling with the knee on the grounds) I get a sharp pain on the outside of my knee. What could this be?

This could be : Referred pain from inflamed cartilage from under your kneecap to a bursitis and/or tendonitis about that region of your knee. If it persists or worsens see an orthopedic surgeon. ...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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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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Sharp pain back of L knee when I bend it, especially going up/down stairs. Stabbing pain when kneeling on it. No injury, no swelling. Been appx 4 months.

Sharp pain back of L knee when I bend it, especially going up/down stairs. Stabbing pain when kneeling on it. No injury, no swelling. Been appx 4 months.

RA : These symptoms may be related to a ruptured bakers cyst however I am more concerned for joint destruction by your RA and you should see an ortho surgeon for evaluation and keep your rheum in the loop. ...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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I have a sharp pain on my knee/kneecap when i touch it or kneel on it(even a light touch will set it off). What is this and what can I do to get rid of it. I just seemed to appear out of nowhere. I tried using cortisol hoping it would get rid of inflamm

There : There are a few different possibilities. You could be dealing with a septic knee joint (infectious process), bursitis (inflammation of fluid filled sacs in the knee), tendonits(inflammation of the tendons). Gout (excess uric acid affecting knee joint). Chondromalacia (softening of the cartilage under the knee cap) etc. Therefore the bottom line is to see your doctor right away for a complete evaluation and diagnostic testing/imaging. In the meantime rest your knee, take Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours, and icing it won't hurt.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Sixty-year-old female has sharp pain on outer side of right knee only when kneeling. Knee is not swollen or bruised looking. Will rest help?

Sixty-year-old female has sharp pain on outer side of right knee only when kneeling. Knee is not swollen or bruised looking. Will rest help?

Depends: If the pain has been present for more than 2 weeks, it may need to be evaluated further. Locking, catching, or giving out are signs of. A more serious problem. ...Read more

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Evening, every time I kneel down I get a sharp pain in my left knee, like I've knelt on a piece of glass. I'm 36 & a mother of 2. I work out 5 times?

Evening, every time I kneel down I get a sharp pain in my left knee, like I've knelt on a piece of glass. I'm 36 & a mother of 2. I work out 5 times?

Bursa, nerve, etc.: There is a bursa on the front of the knee called the prepatellar bursa that can become very inflamed and sensitive, especially when keeling. There are also small nerves on the front of the knee that can become inflamed. Finally, the patellar tendon, infrapatellar fat pad and cartilage behind the patella can also be sources of pain. Time to see an orthopedic doc if this is not resolving. ...Read more

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I'm recently having sharp knee pain when I get up from the couch or get out of the car. It corrects in about 30 seconds. Only right knee.

Kneecap pain: Your c/o are classic for kneecap pain or chondromalacia patella. It is an inflammation of the joint in between your patella and your femur. Getting up from a low seated position puts the most strain/pressure on this joint especially if you have been seated for a while. Also known as the "movie" sign. ...Read more