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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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


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Ive 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?

Ive 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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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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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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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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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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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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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