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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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I have onset throbbing pain behind my knee caps and down my legs that last from 30 minutes to 6 hours ,for the past three years now. What can I do?

I have onset throbbing pain behind my knee caps and down my legs that last from 30 minutes to 6 hours ,for the past three years now. What can I do?

See your doctor : I would start by seeing your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. Ask if any tests are needed, and whether it not a referral to an orthopedic or vascular surgeon would be appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking, down to seven a day. But when I smoke as of late I get a throbbing pain in my left knee cap. Is this something to worry about?

Trying to quit smoking, down to seven a day. But when I smoke as of late I get a throbbing pain in my left knee cap. Is this something to worry about?

Good luck!: It's no secret that smoking raises the risk of many of health problems, the throbbing pain in your left knee cap is not one of them. To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address an addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it. Ask your PCP for help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Started with sudden throbbing pain in knee now got sharp stabbing pains in left side of body , just getting over a cold any ideas ?

Started with sudden throbbing pain in knee now got sharp stabbing pains in left side of body , just getting over a cold any ideas ?

See below: Symptoms seem unrelated to a cold. Pains in the "left side of the body" covers a large area. You would need to be precise. If pain is persistent or if severe best to see a physician. If you suspect the pain doesn't require urgent care consider a Virtual consultation on line at Health Tap.http://bit.ly/1OiIRcI Get well soon. ...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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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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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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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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I forgot to mention that my knee pain seems to be involving my knee cap, top of knee, and just underneath.?

Patella problem: It sounds as though you may have some damage under your patella or even some patella malalignment which will cause pain with stairs and crouching. The best exercises would be quad strengthening to help support the knee. You need a good orthopedic exam and xrays. ...Read more

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Constant knee pain in left knee, no injury, hard to walk, pain behind knee cap, knee gives out what can cause this?

Constant knee pain in left knee,  no injury, hard to walk, pain behind knee cap, knee gives out what can cause this?

See a specialist.: See an orthopedic knee specialist. You may have "patellar pain" or a variation of it, based on what your describing. If so, it's usually treated with medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on top of my knee cap specially when going up and down steps. I have a lot of grinding in my knee. ?

I have knee pain on top of my knee cap specially when going up and down steps. I have a lot of grinding in my knee. ?

PatellaChondromalaci: PT is good only if it is emphasizing short arc quadriceps exercises. Build the part of the thigh muscle that controls the knee cap-the VMO. The glocosamine-chondroitin and wait a moth before seeing an ortho for an ejection. Surgery is good esp. if knock-kneed. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

This needs 2 B eval-: -by an orthopedic surgeon. It can B from mall alignment of your extensor mechanism 2 an arthritic problem. A hands on exan & imaging need B done. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old and have consistant knee pain. I had an MRI that shows I broke my knee cap awhile ago. What can be done to fix it?

I am 30 years old and have consistant knee pain. I had an MRI that shows I broke my knee cap awhile ago. What can be done to fix it?

How old an ionjury: You don't indicate whether this is an acute, subacute or old injury. If this is symptomatic, treatment will probably require either surgical repair or excision of the damaged knee cap ...Read more

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Right knee pain on inner side of knee cap can't bear weight on it unless its straight but when not bearing weight i can't straighten it.

Right knee pain on inner side of knee cap can't bear weight on it unless its straight but when not bearing weight i can't straighten it.

Knee pain: In addition to a possible meniscus tear as suggested by the other physician previously, patella-femoral pain syndrome, retropatellar pain syndrome, chondromalacia patella, and runner's knee. The pain associated with this problem is often described as a locking sensation when the knee cap does not track properly in the groove that it sits in called the trochlea. Ultimately, this does need to be further evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to help figure out the problem and recommend proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have server knee pain on the left side of the knee cap..Can bear weight and constant pain and swelling. No insurance and I need help. What can it be?

I have server knee pain on the left side of the knee cap..Can bear weight and constant pain and swelling. No insurance and I need help. What can it be?

Clinic: If you have no insurance, call the closest medical school clinic. Usually listed under a university name. Ask receptionist for name of the walk-in clinic or their general medical clinic. Then call the clinic and explain you are uninsured. Most likely they have a volunteer no cost clinic. You have arthritis or knee injury and need to be seen. If all fails, go to er -- they cannot turn you away. ...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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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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Knee pain no injury feels like pressure in my knee knee cap & back of knee pain hurts to do anything what gives?

Common: Bending or using the knee too much, arthritis , bursitis, a collection of fluid in the knee, a tear in the meniscus, a tear in a ligament, muscle strain, conditions that don’t involve the knee(hip, other), knee injuries, a knee joint infection, or a condition called gout, which causes crystals to form inside joint. ...Read more

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I get knee pain below the knee cap. It does not swell or become red or warm. Could you give me some ideas as to what it is?

Knee cap pain: The tendon that attaches below the knee cap to the lower leg is the patellar tendon. It can be tender from tendinitis, strain called patellofemoral syndrome. Pain below the tendon on the lower leg could be growing pains or injury to lower leg. ...Read more

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

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

Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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