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I have a tight feeling behind my knee (posterior leg) after I sit down for a period of time and then stand up. What might be causing this?

I have a tight feeling behind my knee (posterior leg) after I sit down for a period of time and then stand up. What might be causing this?

Baker's cyst?: A Baker's or popliteal cyst is a herniation of fluid from the knee into the area behind the knee, usually due to some acute strain upon the knee with increased fluid therein. A Doppler of the leg would confirm the cyst and hopefully negate any blood clot, which is unlikely with your description. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I feel tightness behind my knee and some pain in the inner side of my knee. My knee pops or cracks with each step I take. Stairs hurt near patella.

I feel tightness behind my knee and some pain in the inner side of my knee. My knee pops or cracks with each step I take.  Stairs hurt near patella.

Hard to say: It is hard to give you an answer without a proper physical exam. Possible etiologies include inflammation of the joint, bursa or tendon. Try elevating and resting the knew for a few days - if the problem persists you need to see a physician. ...Read more

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I'm a dancer and I have hypoextension/under extension of the knee. im tight in the muscles behind my knees, could this be the culprit?

I'm a dancer and I have hypoextension/under extension of the knee.  im tight in the muscles behind my knees, could this be the culprit?

Yes: The problem could be abnormal tightness in the hamstring muscle rather than a problem with the knee joint itself. If this is the case, a physical therapy program designed to loosen this muscle body may be the best approach. I recommend a consultation with an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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I have an uncomfortable tight burning sensation behind my left knee. Its mostly uncomfortable when leg extended but not really painful?

I have an uncomfortable tight burning sensation behind my left knee. Its mostly uncomfortable when leg extended but not really painful?

Baker's cyst: You may have a baker's cyst. It is best diagnosed with an ultrasound of the area. An antiinflammatory medication may be helpful until you can have your doctor evaluate this, to make sure it is nothing more serious, such as a blood clot in the deep veins. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind my knee that comes and goes it causes a big bulge at the back it can be painful when walking and feels tight what is it?

I have a hard lump behind my knee that comes and goes it causes a big bulge at the back it can be painful when walking and feels tight what is it?

Cyst?: That is a common area for a fluid filled cyst to occur - usually in one of the the tendons of the posterior knee... Also known as a baker cyst. Should be looked at by md and evaluated -. ...Read more

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I stand on a concrete floor for 3-4 hours. The backs of both legs, behind my knee feel tight, stingy. I use tensors & insoles. What more can I do?

I stand on a concrete floor for 3-4 hours. The backs of both legs, behind my knee feel tight,  stingy. I use tensors & insoles.  What more can I do?

Are you overweight?: Footwear for cushion should be checked, but venous insufficiency &a baker's cyst from chronic arthritis should be excluded, although the latter is less likely to be present behind both knees at the same time. A pcp evaluation should proceed a podiatrist footwear review to be complete. Calf stretches during your shift &a trial of thigh high support hose might also help. Lose weight if bmi >25. ...Read more

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My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

See details: This sounds as if it is an inflammatory arrhritis. See a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis as there are literally numerous causes of knee inflammation. ...Read more

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Why does my leg hurt behind my knee?

Why does my leg hurt behind my knee?

Tendon : It depends. There tendons and muscles that insert there, and you may have an injury. If it worsens or doesn't show improvement over the next several days, you can visit your doctor for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I have multiple painful lumps behind my knee.

I have multiple painful lumps behind my knee.

Lymph nodes?: Painful bumps behind the knee could be lymph nodes, which generally appear in response to local inflammation or infection, below that knee for example, like in the shin, calf or foot. If there's no infection or inflammation evident, or if they've been there for more than two weeks, you need to see a local doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I fell walking and now pain behind my knee, what is it?

Se orthopedist: There could be many reasons for pain behind the knee. A pulse would imply a possible vascular source such as an aneurysm of an artery. A knee popliteal cyst or mass may also manifest itself in the back of the knee. Other common causes include tendinitis, early arthritis/wear/tear, ligament injury or meniscus tear. Low back pain may also radiate to the back of the knee. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Inner side, behind my knee hurts so much. Is there anything you recommend?

Inner side, behind my knee hurts so much. Is there anything you recommend?

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. If this isn't helping then consider evaluation by an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Heard a pop behind my knee. Sharp pain in the middle of the back of my knee.

Consult doctor: It could be ruptured muscle ,or ruptured cyst which can be confirmed by scan , please discuss with your physician . ...Read more

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When I sit down "criss-cross-applesauce" I get a pain on the right side (behind my knee). It happens if I land wrong too. Can this be a problem?

Possible: Pain behind the knee can be from tendons, hamstrings especially, which insert onto the back of the knee or possibly a Bakers" Cyst which can "pop out" from the knee. It is the synovial lining of your knee. Less likely would be a blood clot, but this would not come and go and it would be associated with swelling. ...Read more

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I fell, since then my leg is painful behind my knee. It radiates up and down a bit. It is worst when fully extended and when changing positions.

I fell, since then my leg is painful behind my knee.  It radiates up and down a bit.  It is worst when fully extended and when changing positions.

Sprain: Sprain of muscle or ligament is likely. If there is swelling, discoloration or severe tenderness, have your physician examine you. Otherwise, try cold applications for 48 hours and then heat; NSAIDS like ibuprofen and wearing a ACE knee brace should help. ...Read more

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Bruise behind my knee, what is this?

Bruise behind my knee, what is this?

A bruise: If it causes pain and does not improve, then have a doctor take a look. ...Read more