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I'm experiencing occasional pinches/ sharp pain in &around my patella tendon. The pain lasts for a second or two then goes away.

I'm experiencing occasional pinches/ sharp pain in &around my patella tendon. The pain lasts for a second or two then goes away.

I think you certain-: Ly have the it band issue.
You probably need therapy for stretching exercises, maybe us would also help. These and the pain meds you are taking should resolve the problem. The natural history of such an issue is that they do resolve over a period of time (maybe 3-5 yrs) or longer.
Do see your orhopod to exclude any other associated condition in the knee.
Good luck.0. ...Read more

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While walking inside the house, I suddenly had a sharp pain under my left kneecap. I have no warning and it comes and goes throughout the day.

Chondromalacia: In your age group, this probably represents a condition known as chomdormalacia underneath your patella. This is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage under your patella softens, becomes irregular, and can cause the pain you are describing. There are other potential causes as well. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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I have a very sharp pain on my left kneecap, hurts especially when going up stairs. Have had it for a while, but it is getting worse, sharper. Help?

I have a very sharp pain on my left kneecap, hurts especially when going up stairs. Have had it for a while, but it is getting worse, sharper. Help?

Top or bottom: The top of the kneecap could be prepatellar bursitis. Under the kneecap could be chondromalacia patella. You need an evaluation to help clarify. ...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 have been training for a 1/2 marathon and after an 11 mile run 2, weeks ago I have a sharp pain just to the right of my kneecap on my left knee.?

I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and after an 11 mile run 2, weeks ago I have a sharp pain just to the right of my kneecap on my left knee.?

Overuse, or worse...: Anterior knee pain (patello-femoral dysfunction) is a commonly seen "overuse" injury that can appear after a person increases his training, changes running surfaces, changes to different shoes, gets a separate leg injury that results in slight gait changes, gets some weakness in the quads, etc... A primary care, sports med, or orthopedic doctor's exam can help. Meanwhile, running less is helpful. ...Read more

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My knee oddly popped. I had a sharp pain right under my kneecap. It swelled and bruised. What did I do?

Several possibility: There are a few structures there that can cause sudden pain. With this small amount of info, things to consider are: patella tendon strain or partial tear, patella cartilage injury, infrapatellar fat pad impingement, meniscus tear, inferior pole patella fracture. If symptoms do not improve, you should be seen by orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Reoccuring patella dislocation. Last one a week ago, little pain when it happened. Now lower medial sharp pain and half dollar size bruise.

Reoccuring patella dislocation. Last one a week ago, little pain when it happened. Now lower medial sharp pain and half dollar size bruise.

Patella Dislocation: Definitely start with anti inflammatory medication to help the inflamation and irritation. Start with the standard RICE--rest, ice, compression and elevation to help with the symptoms. If pain and or the dislocation recurs, xrays and MRI are 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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Bent my knees&as I rose my knee felt it was about to pop. Instead of popping, I felt a sharp pain behind kneecap. Been sore for 2 days to bend?

Bent my knees&as I rose my knee felt it was about to pop. Instead of popping, I felt a sharp pain behind kneecap. Been sore for 2 days to bend?

Ortho Evaluation: Your symptoms of catching suddenly sound structural, meaning that you likely have a cartilage injury to either the undersurface of your kneecap (patella) or the opposing surface of the trochlea. A thorough orthopedic evaluation will help when the weather not you need advanced imaging beyond xrays, such as an MRI. ...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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I have been having sharp pain behind my knee when bent, deep within the knee, by the kneecap, and recently twitching after running, but no swelling.

I have been having sharp pain behind my knee when bent, deep within the knee, by the kneecap, and recently twitching after running, but no swelling.

Souds like: Osgood-schlatter's disease, common in you age group. You will need an accurate physical examination and maybe x rays, so see your doctor for better advice. ...Read more

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I am experiencing intense sharp pain on my right side at the top of my leg. What are the possible reasons for this?

Possible hip issue: If the pain is in the front of the leg, it may be a hip issue. On the back of the leg, it is likely a lower back issue. Tendinitis and bursitis are also possible. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What could cause a sharp pain at the top of left leg, right at the crease. It comes and goes and does not last long but it very sharp.

What could cause a sharp pain at the top of left leg, right at the crease. It comes and goes and does not last long but it very sharp.

Nerve irritation: Nerve irritation pain is very sharp and the nerve root irritation usually is in the back even though it is felt only in the leg. Other symptoms of nerve irritation are numbness, pins and needles and shooting pains. Muscle problems related to nerve irritation is usually that of stiffness, tightness, aching with muscle tenderness. Please consult with your family dr.. ...Read more

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Felt a sharp pain top of left leg in groin area while using rowing machine. Each stroke the pain got worse. I had to stop after 1 min.?

Felt a sharp pain top of left leg in groin area while using rowing machine. Each stroke the pain got worse. I had to stop after 1 min.?

See below: 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 been experiencing a sudden sharp pain that travels from the top of my left leg to my foot. Also lower back pain that resembles pressure.?

Irritation: People can have arthritic changes in the back that can give back pain/pressure as well as irritate the nerve roots causing complaints such as yours. ...Read more

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My pain is the skin on the top of my kneecap...sharp like the skin is ripping?

My pain is the skin on the top of my kneecap...sharp like the skin is ripping?

Bursitis?: The prepatellar bursa sits on front of the knee and can get inflamed and feel very tight. That's one possibility. This bursa can also get infected. Seek medical attention if not improving with rest, anti-inflammatories, ice. If you have redness, increased warmth or fever/chills, then seek attention urgently. ...Read more

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I dislocated my right patella just over a week ago. It's about the 7th time. I am getting sharp stabbing in the top of knee and the side?

I dislocated my right patella just over a week ago. It's about the 7th time. I am getting sharp stabbing in the top of knee and the side?

MRI then surgery: With that many dislocations, surgery will probably be necessary to achieve stability of your patella. An MRI can demonstrate various areas of damage and guide one as to the cause of your pain. Bone bruising and cartilage injury commonly occurs after a dislocation. Time to see an orthopedist. A quality brace can give you some pain relief and stability. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u have sharp pain in ur leg?

What does it mean when u have sharp pain in ur leg?

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What is causing sharp pain in the upper part of my leg?

Several causes: There are several possible causes including hip or knee problems, muscle or tendon issues and even back problems. Have the issue evaluated to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What foes it mean when there's a sharp pain shoots down your leg?

Nerve pain: Shooting pain usually comes from nerve irritation. There are multiple places where this could occur. A physiatrist (doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation) can determine the cause, make recommendations for prevention, and treat it, if necessary. ...Read more

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What are common causes of a sharp pain that shoots down the back of your leg?

Muscle or nerve: For a young person, the most likely issue is muscle pain in the 'posterior chain" these are the muscles that keep you erect. These include the buttocks and the hamstrings as well as the low back muscles. They could be responding to a problem in the lower back. Or you could have an si, sacroiliac, issue. You could also have a pinched nerve from a herniation of the lumbar disk in the low back. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my leg quite often that seems to come out of nowhere. What is it?

I have a sharp pain in my leg quite often that seems to come out of nowhere. What is it?

Unsure: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I have this very bad sharp pain in my right leg?

Must be examined and: We need more information about this issue: how long? When did it start? How severe is the pain (1-10)
I suggest an urgent care examination today. ...Read more

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What does sharp pain in the back of your leg mean?

Possible blood clot: It could be a pulled muscle, but if it is in the back of your calf, you should get an ultrasound done to rule out a blood clot, especially if you are on birth control (if female) or smoke or sit stationary or lie down a lot. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you get a sharp pain down your right leg?

What does it mean if you get a sharp pain down your right leg?

Multiple reasons: A sharp pain radiating into the leg can be indicative of multiple problems including a strained muscle, a pinched nerve, tendonitis, neuropathy (a problem with the nerves in the legs), or blood flow issues. The ways to determine the cause is to figure out what makes the symptoms better & worse and a physical examination. Don't hesitate to ask if you have a more specific question! ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pain in my leg what should I do its been hurting for 4 hours?

I'm having sharp pain in my leg what should I do its been hurting for 4 hours?

Any trauma?: Are you a runner? Have you been sitting for a long time? Do you have any medical problems? Do you have a clotting disorder? All of these questions and more would help answer why. All depends. Maybe dehydrated? Consider hydration? . .. Some headaches need new glasses, others, blood pressure medicine. Same here ...Read more

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After sprinting I have leg pain and a sharp pain in my side what does that mean?

After sprinting I have leg pain and a sharp pain in my side what does that mean?

Need an exam: Many causes. Most innocent. But there could a serious unerlying cause. ...Read more