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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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Im having pain located in only my right knee while standing, sitting, laying down. If I accidentally hit it on something there is a shooting pain that stays consentrated in my knee cap.

Im having pain located in only my right knee while standing, sitting, laying down. If I accidentally hit it on something there is a shooting pain that stays consentrated in my knee cap.

Kneecap: you need to be examined for correct diagnosis but it sounds like your kneecap may be the cause.squatting loads the kneecap into the trochlea(groove in femur bone) and can irritate the kneecap cartilage(chondromalacia).Try stretching your hamstrings more before squats/lunges etc.Ibuprofen may be helpful.See an orthopedic surgeon if cont'd pain/popping after discussing w/parent(s). best of luck! ...Read more

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I am having medial knee pain around the femur. Point tenderness on medial side with sharp shooting pains under the patella. Why?

I am having medial knee pain around the femur. Point tenderness on medial side with sharp shooting pains under the patella. Why?

Various causes: Possibilities include cartilage damage, tendonitis, osteochondritis dessicans. Any history of injury? An orthopedic specialist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shooting pain at the back of my knee cap for almost a week now.Is this because of the varicose or dvt?

I am experiencing shooting pain at the back of my knee cap for almost a week now.Is this because of the varicose or dvt?

See a physician: Pain at the back of the kneecap can be you to multiple reasons which includes joint and ligament problems, nerve problems, DVT , varicose veins and bakers cyst you should consult an orthopedic physician who can diagnose your problem by physical examination and imaging studies like x-rays or MRI if indicated. ...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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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?

Heat/ ice pack: I presume you have tried ice pack then heating pad. Have you tried NSAID? It is also possible that you may have ended up with knee injury or just the beginning of osteoarthritis. If the problem persists or gets worse, it is best to consult an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

See details: Your description suggests you have sciatica which is due to a nerve root compression in your back. Try rest, heat to the area and aleve (naproxen). If the problem persists, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my knee. Along with the knee pain i have shooting pain down my leg towards the ankle. Can arthritis cause pain down the leg?

I have arthritis in my knee. Along with the knee pain i have shooting pain down my leg towards the ankle. Can arthritis cause pain down the leg?

Not commonly: You maybe having symptoms from your lumbar spine. At age 30, you are on average too young to develop significant arthritis in your knee. There is a chance your knee pain and leg pain is coming from your back. Go see an orthopaedic surgeon or spinal specialist. ...Read more

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My femoral nerve was damaged during surgery. During physical therapy i tore my patella now I have shooting pain down my right leg starting at my knee

My femoral nerve was damaged during surgery. During physical therapy i tore my patella now I have shooting pain down my right leg starting at my knee

See your orthopod: If you tore your patellar tendon, this should be fixed, even if you have a femoral nerve palsy. See an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Pain in knee cap out of no where! it hurts when it's fully extended or while i'm walking. What could of brought this up? Not doing anything different.

Pain in knee cap out of no where! it hurts when it's fully extended or while i'm walking. What could of brought this up? Not doing anything different.

Out of the blue: Problems like this frequently come "out of the blue" meaning for no obvious reason maybe early chondromalacia of the patella try hot and cold packs both work well for non traumatic problems may also wrap knee with plastic wrap at bed time to limber it up and keep in body heat if not better in a few weeks then it needs attention of a doctor or more specfically an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Searing nerve pain in knee cap and at joint of leg from strain?

Searing nerve pain in knee cap and at joint of leg from strain?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Pain in knee cap when going up and downstairs and sometimes at rest years after meniscus surgery? What could it be?

Pain in knee cap when going up and downstairs and sometimes at rest years after meniscus surgery? What could it be?

Knee cap issues: The symptoms you describe are indicative of pain originating in the cartilage on the underside of the knee cap (patella). This condition is called chondromalacia patella. Treatment involves ice packs and nsaia for the pain. Hamstring stretching and quad balancing exercises help correct the problem. Cartilage heals slowly though. Weight loss can help tremendously. ...Read more

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Started aerobics. Got pain in knee below knee cap?

Started aerobics. Got pain in knee below knee cap?

Pain below kneecap: Usually an infrapatellar tendonitis, may also be "jumper's" knee. Essentially from some relative overuse. ...Read more

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How can I deal with knee pain in/under knee cap?

Rest and rehab: This is usually chondromalacia patella and is softening of the cartilage behind the kneecap. Rest, nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) will help with pain. Hamstring stretching and quadriceps strengthening helps. May want to try glucosamine and chondroitan sulfate supplements for arthritis. May not help, but little downside. If none of this works, see an ortho surgeon or sports specialist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee pain below the knee cap?

What are the causes of knee pain below the knee cap?

Osgood schlaters: If you are are a teenager you may have painful tibial tuberodities as seen in osgood schlatters disease. This is seen in teen ager when the bone grows quicker than the blood supply causing islands of necrosis. This is a benign vondition helped by rest. ...Read more

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Sack seems full and causing pain in knee under knee cap?

Sack seems full and causing pain in knee under knee cap?

Most likely Bursitis: Ursitis in the pre-pattler bursa( sack of fluids in front the knee cap) usually flat and got inflamed the fluid inside increase so it start to heart. Check it out. ...Read more

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Patella (Definition)

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