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Sharp stabbing pain under knee cap that lessens when standing or walking or when I rub under knee cap. Feels like sprain or something?

Sharp stabbing pain under knee cap that lessens when standing or walking or when I rub under knee cap. Feels like sprain or something?

Strengthen: Quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program.

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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?

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.

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Stabbing pain to the bottom left of my knee cap. It's most intense when bending it or going up stairs. Helps when there's pressure on it. Any thoughts?

Stabbing pain to the bottom left of my knee cap. It's most intense when bending it or going up stairs. Helps when there's pressure on it. Any thoughts?

Knee Pain: Pain in front of the knee is very common and is called Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome. Many times this can be treated conservatively with therapy, NSAIDS, and a cortisone injection. See an Orthopaedic surgeon for X-rays and an examination to make sure this is the correct diagnosis. Take care. Hope this helps. Joe Wilson.

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Stabbing pain above and around knee cap when tightening and straightening the leg. Pcl and lcl reconstruction 6 years ago?

Stabbing pain above and around knee cap when tightening and straightening the leg. Pcl and lcl reconstruction 6 years ago?

PLC blowout: Poss post traumatic arthritis of the patellofemoral joint but more likely scarring of the superior patellar pouch and intra articular aspect of the knee. See your orthopedic surgeon. Sometimes arthroscopy with adhesinolysis and/or chondroplasty can be helpful if conservative measures fail.

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I feel a stabing pain just below the knee cap at the outer side while walking, is it related to oa. Thank's?

No way to tell: Without seeing you and examining your knee there is no way to make that determination, but the stabbing pain in that area is very atypical of what might be expected if this were due to osteoarthritis. See an orthopedist and have this evaluated. Good luck.

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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.

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My knee has a burning stabbing pain that starts in back and wraps to right below kneecap also swells clicks and gives out? What is it

My knee has a burning stabbing pain that starts in back and wraps to right below kneecap also swells clicks and gives out? What is it

See knee specialist: Based on that limited description I'd consider ACL tear (instability), meniscal or cartilage injury (clicking swelling), and saphenous neuritis (burning pain wrapping from side of knee to below kneecap), but what you really need is a thorough evaluation by a knee/sports med expert who can actually examine your knee, determine if further testing (MRI, etc) is needed. Hope that helps. Good luck

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What is causing the stabbing pain in the back of my knee?

What is causing the stabbing pain in the back of my knee?

Arthritis or tear: It may be due to arthritis or tears. See an orthopedist. An exam and an MRI would give you the answer.

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Fell over a pallet at work, landed on both my knees very hard, my right knee is giving me problems, sharp, stabbing pain.

Need xray: If not improved over a couple of days and still very sharp, you need to get xrays to check for fracture. It can have serious consequences if you continue to put weight on it.

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I hurt my knee last year falling on it, now I'm having symptoms? There's stabbing pain when it's bent and gives out when I use it, what might it be?

I hurt my knee last year falling on it, now I'm having symptoms? There's stabbing pain when it's bent and gives out when I use it, what might it be?

Go and have MRI: If you do not have MRI on the knee before may you should have one to see if any problem inside the knee joint.

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What could stabbing pain in the hip and knee pain indicate?

What could stabbing pain in the hip and knee pain indicate?

More details needed: When is the pain present, what does it feel like, are there two separate pains or is it a continuous line of pain from your hip to knee. What was the mechanism of injury? Does it hurt when you press on the area. Some diagnoses include intrinsic hip and knee arthritis/ligament/tendon injuries, bursitis, radiculopathy, soft tissue strain, etc. Basically u need to be examined by a physician.

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I have a stabbing pain on my Right upper leg on outside about 150mm above the knee. It come and goes?

I have a stabbing pain on my Right upper leg on outside about 150mm above the knee. It come and goes?

Many possibilities: If there is no swelling, mass, redness or lesion involved, likely muscle spasm or pulled muscle of a small group of muscles. Pain will come on when spasm happens or when certain movements use the particular group of muscles.
Otherwise, need to rule out abscess, bone spurt, swelling, blood clots....

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Hard blow to right knee. Stabbing pain through kneecap, weight bearing hurts, pivoting hurts sometime?

Hard blow to right knee. Stabbing pain through kneecap, weight bearing hurts, pivoting hurts sometime?

Hard 2 say: There can b many injuries, more info of what type of blow. Wt bearing flexed knee could b acl cartilage mcl direct blow 2 patella could b fx- tendinitis of quad or patellar tendon- or pre or infra patellar bursitis- chondral contusion. All plus more can b from a blow 2 the knee. That is why u need 2 b cn by an ortho 4 xam @ x-rays.

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My knee has just started playing up, feels like it will lock when at 90 degree angle. And when walking can suddenly get stabbing pain that stops me?

My knee has just started playing up, feels like it will lock when at 90 degree angle. And when walking can suddenly get stabbing pain that stops me?

You might have a: You might have a problem with meniscus, get the weight off your knee for a while and see a doctor, some of meniscal problems can be treated conservatively, some will require surgery.

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I occaisonally get one knife like stabbing pain in the same spot of the head. It knocks me to my knees and and my whole body will feel numb and tingly?

Paroxysmal hemicrani: Is thought to be a variant of cluster headache because of similar autonomic features. Both cluster and paroxysmal hemicrania are classified as trigeminal autonomic cephalgias in the new IHS classification. However, almost all cases of paroxysmal hemicrania are relieved by Indomethacin and this response is considered diagnostic for paroxysmal hemicrania. Rec. See orofacial pain or headache special

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I'm 25, female with intermittent, stabbing pain internally in my knees (mostly left), where it can give way. No prior injuries. What could this be?

I'm 25, female with intermittent, stabbing pain internally in my knees (mostly left), where it can give way. No prior injuries. What could this be?

Sounds meniscal: It concerns me that you get intermittent symptoms I would get an orthopedic exam you might need an MRI to get to the source of the pain.

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