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Fell on knee over 2 weeks ago I'm having pain right below knee cap and swelling in same spot and a little towards the inside?

Fell on knee over 2 weeks ago I'm having pain right below knee cap and swelling in same spot and a little towards the inside?

Get checked: This can be a bone bruise, patellar tendon contusion or partial tear, a meniscus tear, tibial plateau bone bruise or small break. If its not getting better by 4-6 weeks, get checked by orthopaedic surgeon. They will get an x-ray and if nothing is bad on x-ray an MRI is ordered to look for the soft tissue injuries. Ice nsaids and reduced activity for now is usual course of action. ...Read more

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My knee keeps clicking and goes sore and I need to move the knee cap around and it will click and no pain after that. Also, clicks sometimes.

My knee keeps clicking and goes sore and I need to move the knee cap around and it will click and no pain after that. Also, clicks sometimes.

Tracking disorder: You may a patellar tracking issue which may be causing inflammation of the undersurface of your patella. You should see an orthopedist or a sports medicine specialist for a complete evaluation and discuss potential treatments. ...Read more

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I have a light purple/pink spot on the skin of my knee cap It sometimes itches scratching makes white crust to come off it and it sometimes weeps too

I have a light purple/pink spot on the skin of my knee cap It sometimes itches scratching makes white crust to come off it and it sometimes weeps too

Sounds like LSC: Lichen simplex chronicus is the thickening of your skin after chronic itching and scratching. If you scratch hard enough you can cause weeping and even secondary infection. Try aquaphor and AM lactam to reduce itching and help healing. Sometimes you may need prescription strength cordran tape to help from derm. ...Read more

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Squatted down quickly and felt/ heard pop above knee cap. Hurts to bend but can walk with some soreness. Pops every time bent above and below knee cap?

Squatted down quickly and felt/ heard pop above knee cap. Hurts to bend but can walk with some soreness. Pops every time bent above and below knee cap?

Kneecap subluxation: Sounds very much like patellar(kneecap) subluxation (slipping in and out) of place. I would suggest seeing a board certified ors for evaluation. Initial treatment often involves strengthening the quadriceps muscle and patellar bracing. This easy 'slipping' suggests generalized hyper mobility and can affect other joints. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a sore knee at side of knee cap. X-ray clear. Can't kneel on it as too sore. Not sore any other time.

I have a sore knee at side of knee cap. X-ray clear. Can't kneel on it as too sore. Not sore any other time.

? meniscus: Meniscus tears are common and they limit flexion (bending). It would hurt on lifting your ankle up to your buttocks as well. Soft tissue problems like that don't show up on plain xrays but can be diagnosed by an MRI or orthopedic examination. ...Read more

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The left ridge part of my right knee cap is really sore. I am an active HS Cross Country runner that averages about 50-60 miles a week.

The left ridge part of my right knee cap is really sore. I am an active HS Cross Country runner that averages about 50-60 miles a week.

You may: Have a "tracking" problem (also called Patellofemoral Syndrome) You should get the opinion of an Orthopedist, Physiatrist or Sports Medicine Physician and a "hands on exam" i s indicated.

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Took a step this am felt & heard a pop in L knee -leg was straight & then knee gave out. Can walk but around knee cap gets sore painful to straighten

Took a step this am felt & heard a pop in L knee -leg was straight & then knee gave out. Can walk but around knee cap gets sore painful to straighten

Seek treatment: Almost certainly tore a structural ligament within the knee. You need to be examined to be sure, but likely will need a brace/crutche. Surgery is a possibility. You don't need to go to the ED, but call your doctor in the morning. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have severe constant pain in my rt knee feels like something is rammed under my knee cap like a pencil from side to side and it is swollen sore to t?

I have severe constant pain in my rt knee feels like something is rammed under my knee cap like a pencil from side to side and it is swollen sore to t?

Knee Pain: This could be a sign of arthritis (arthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage), tendonitis or meniscus pathology. The meniscus is the “shock absorber” of the knee made of cartilage which allows the knee to move smoothly. Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon where it inserts to the bone. An orthopaedic specialist will be able to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does my right knee cap top right corner hurt badly when I hit it on the corner of the wall it is warm and hurts a lot I don t even have to move it for it to ache its also very sore and to touch can someone tell me maybe what I have done?

Why does my right knee cap top right corner hurt badly when I hit it on the corner of the wall it is warm and hurts a lot I don t even have to move it for it to ache its also very sore and to touch can someone tell me maybe what I have done?

X-rays required: If you are lucky, you just bruised the bone. However, you need to see a doctor to get some x rays to make sure you didn't fracture your patella (knee cap). Another, less likely cause is that you have a bipartite patella that is now inflammed. To find out what this is- go see an orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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My knee locked on me last week and my knee cap is still really sore but no pain when walking. What can I do for it?

My knee locked on me last week and my knee cap is still really sore but no pain when walking.  What can I do for it?

Ice, rest, nsaids: Not sure on the cause, but ice rest and
nsaids would be a good start
you may have either a patella instability issue
or you may have a meniscal tear or loose body in your knee. ...Read more

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About a week ago my left knee locked on me and my knee cap has been sore ever since. I can walk on the leg its just sore all the time.?

Locking knee: A locked knee can be due to a "loose body" --osteochondral or cartilagenous fragment that has broken off from the surrounding articular cartilage. This can occur after a patella (kneecap) dislocation. A locked knee can also occur with a severe meniscal tear such as a bucket handle tear. ...Read more

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Difference B/T chondromalacia patella or OA? Knee feels sore, gets hot, swollen below the K-cap, crackling/popping noises when move. Rare pain on Kcap

Difference B/T chondromalacia patella or OA? Knee feels sore, gets hot, swollen below the K-cap, crackling/popping noises when move. Rare pain on Kcap

Noises in the knee: It is rare for a person in their 20s to have OA, most of what u describe with popping, cracking with movement as well as swelling below knee cap is from chondromalacia of the patella. You should see a knee specialist. Many times some simple things can be instituted to help ...Read more

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I got hit in the head with a knee cap when wrestling. Saw some stars but felt fine have had a slight headache but my temple is sore to the touch.?

I got hit in the head with a knee cap when wrestling. Saw some stars but felt fine have had a slight headache but my temple is sore to the touch.?

Concussion: What you are describing is a concussion. Most schools have a trainer or team physician that can do a detailed neurological exam and guide your return to activity. Be seen. ...Read more

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On the right side of my knee cap where you bend along joint is still sore & tender after a week where I wore new shoe's and sort of twistedmyleg. Why ?

On the right side of my knee cap where you bend along joint is still sore & tender after a week where I wore new shoe's and sort of twistedmyleg. Why
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Knee Sprain Symptoms: New shoes are not necessarily better. They take time to break into. If you got a different type of shoe, say motion control or minimalist, and you were not used to them, then it takes time to get used to. I am assuming you slightly sprained your knee. Sprains, without swelling, take 2-3 weeks of icing, rest, stretching, and sometimes bracing. Due to basics to help, and see how if responses. ...Read more

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Just noticed a small knot under the skin, just above left knee cap. Sore to the touch. Will go to doc if it persists but any insight into what it is?

Just noticed a small knot under the skin, just above left knee cap. Sore to the touch. Will go to doc if it persists but any insight into what it is?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities. An exam can usually determine the cause. Among the more commonñ includes an epidermis inclusion cyst. ...Read more

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Bursitis just below knee cap (size of apple) burst when I bent down & drained into leg. Now leg is sore but no pain, is it ok/safe for it to rupture?

Bursitis just below knee cap (size of apple) burst when I bent down & drained into leg. Now leg is sore but no pain, is it ok/safe for it to rupture?

Prepatellar bursitis: Sounds like prepatellar bursitis. Many pictures on google to help you decide if that is accurate. In general if symptoms improve with rupture and continue to improve as the swelling resolves it is a non-issue and nothing to worry about. If it worsens or new problems develop go to ED for evaluation. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get bruised feeling along top of knee cap when squatting. Feels sore for a minute then goes. Aches a little aswell doesn't hurt when I run?

Sometimes I get bruised feeling along top of knee cap when squatting. Feels sore for a minute then goes. Aches a little aswell doesn't hurt when I run?

Pfs: Pfs is known as patella femoral syndrome. This is when there is irritation between the kneecap and the femur, the thigh-bone. It is very common. Usually physical therapy will help a great deal. But you do need to know what to do, so make an appointment with your doc and ask for a therapy prescription. ...Read more

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Knee pain after running, below knee cap and at the top of shin-bone. Feels very sore and hurts, no swelling. Have iced and rest. What could it be?

Knee pain after running, below knee cap and at the top of shin-bone. Feels very sore and hurts, no swelling. Have iced and rest. What could it be?

Patellar tendinitis: You appear to be describing a classic case of patellar tendinitis. A common overuse type injury tht is almost always amenable to nonoperative treatment. Static quadriceps stretching usually helps resolve this complaint. Nsaids such as motrin, naproxen, or advil (ibuprofen) can also help. If no improvement after several weeks arrange for an evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Knee cap tingling. Burning bottom of foot along with sore thighs. Could this be a dvt?

Knee cap tingling. Burning bottom of foot along with sore thighs. Could this be a dvt?

Unlikely: Those symptoms are unlikely to be a DVT. However, DVTs present in many strange ways and an ultrasound ordered by your doctor is the only way to be sure. ...Read more

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He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

Knee sprain/strain: You will need to see an Orthopedist for an exam to determine stability. An MRI should reveal what structures are injured. I would suggest reducing strenuous activity that causes significant pain or swelling until diagnosis is made. Use 20 minutes of ice and an Ace bandage for acute swelling/pain. You may also take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or Motrin/Aleve for pain/inflamation. ...Read more

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My right knee on the joint somewhere below the knee cap has been aching for the past three hours. Why is this? What does this mean?

My right knee on the joint somewhere below the knee cap has been aching for the past three hours. Why is this? What does this mean?

Three hours?: If your knee has been hurting for three hours I would calm down, take some Ibuprofen and put a bag of ice on it. I am quite certain it does not need to be amputated at this point in time. ...Read more

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I hit the top of my knee cap and it is swollen. It hurts when I bend or touch it. It has been aching for a day 1/2. Is it fractured or dislocated?

I hit the top of my knee cap and it is swollen. It hurts when I bend or touch it. It has been aching for a day 1/2. Is it fractured or dislocated?

Xray to assess fx: Depending upon the degree of trauma and force imparted upon the patella (kneecap) determiness the risk for fracture. Bony tenderness to palpation would indicate a need for X-rays. Seek evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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Son is a time in several sports, and is complaining of knee pain inside of knee, and it's tender below the knee cap. Rest helps but pain comes back.

Son is a time in several sports, and is complaining of knee pain inside of knee, and it's tender below the knee cap. Rest helps but pain comes back.

There are several: Different possibilities. Osgood-Schlatters is inflammation at the growth plate below the knee. Chondromalacia patella is softening of the cartilage behind the kneecap. And patellofemoral syndrome is abnormal motion of the kneecap in the groove of the femur. All 3 are common causes of pain in an adolescent athelete and can be differentiated on exam. Consider a HealthTap Concierge video visit. ...Read more