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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