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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 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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Suddenly have pain in my left knee, especially on the back. Very painful when first standing up to walk, but eases up. Feels tight. Any help?

Suddenly have pain in my left knee, especially on the back. Very painful when first standing up to walk, but eases up. Feels tight. Any help?

Meniscus tear: it is painful to squat down on that knee? Do you notice any swelling behind the knee? It could be a torn meniscus. Ice and home exercises might be helpful. If you have locking, catching, or pain with squatting you might need to see your doctor for further evaluation ...Read more

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Lately i've had tightness and some dull pain behind my left knee. The symptoms worsen throughout the day; first thing in the morning it's fine though.?

Lately i've had tightness and some dull pain behind my left knee. The symptoms worsen throughout the day; first thing in the morning it's fine though.?

Knee pain on standin: Pain in the back of your knee that worsens as the day goes by and resolves overnight is typically due to a bakers cyst. This is a fluid filled sac that forms in the popliteal fossa, which is a space behind your knee joint. It will cause you pain and a felling of fullness, but should not cause leg, knee or calf swelling, redness or heat. Any of those symptom need evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Good morning, My left knee have been giving me issues with some tightness around it specially when I bent it and now when I do body squats it pops ?

Good morning,
My left knee have been giving me issues with some tightness around it specially when I bent it and now when I do body squats it pops ?

Not too much: to worry about unless you have pain. It is not especially unusual to hear or feel some popping with flexion/squats usually due to tendons moving over bony aspects of the knee joint. Tightness sometimes indicates a bit of swelling with fluid causing some tension within the joint. I would back off your work out a bit for a week or two. If still having issues, consider Orthopedic/Sports Med eval:) ...Read more

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Hello, just below my left knee cap feel like this on and off tightness. I had done calf raises the day before. What?

Hello, just below my left knee cap feel like this on and off tightness. I had done calf raises the day before. What?

Patellar tendon: If in the middle just below tibia this is the area of your patellar tendon. Rest, use ice, compress with ace bandage, elevate. This is called RICE. If no improvement see MD. Good luck. ...Read more

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Yesterday my left knee randomly started to feel stiff & tight, it feels swollen but doesn't appear it. feels like this when walking/lying down, etc. ?

Yesterday my left knee randomly started to feel stiff & tight, it feels swollen but doesn't appear it. feels like this when walking/lying down, etc. ?

Nonspecific: Your symptoms are nonspecific especially if there is no history of recent injury or sprain. If you obtain no relief after resting the knee, applying cold and taking an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve, (naproxen) consult your physician or orthopedic specialist as you could be dealing with an arthritis or some internal derangement of the knee. ...Read more

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While rehabbing my left knee (pfps), my hip has began to get really tight and painful.PT advised figure 4 stretch and hot showers.Ice=worse what to do?

While rehabbing my left knee (pfps), my hip has began to get really tight and painful.PT advised figure 4 stretch and hot showers.Ice=worse what to do?

Hip: If joint is tight in front: Try lunges-very slowly and/or hip extension-lie prone, put a pillow under the knee. If on the side: stretch TFLstand,cross your legs &push the hip sideways, In back: Reach for your toes. If the figure 4 hurts - x-ray the hip. In the groin: lie supine on a bed or couch, spread the leg and hang it over the edge. Feel the stretch. The hip is felt in front by the groin. ...Read more

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6 weeks ago got pat tendonitis left knee now only tight pain while on run on treadmill is it safe to start run outside or can I cause more damage?

6 weeks ago got pat tendonitis left knee now only tight pain while on run on treadmill is it safe to start run outside or can I cause more damage?

Start slow outside: Patella tendonitis can be a chronic problem and hard to get rid of. It usually takes backing off from the activity that caused in, relative rest then going back to activity slowly and in increments. If you can run on the tredmill with no problem you can start outside , best would be on a perma-traack like one found at a local high scjool or college. Th surface is level and more cushiony. ...Read more

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Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.

Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.

Side effect: Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause tendonitis, but only one dose is unlikely to be reason, but not impossible. Another thought would be that you favored the left leg while walking around post surgery and it is slightly inflamed? If it continues, ask your MD about switching antibiotics. ...Read more

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Left knee and thigh pain/tightness. Lower back pain. Lower back and hip pop a lot. Any ideas?

Left knee and thigh pain/tightness. Lower back pain. Lower back and hip pop a lot. Any ideas?

Stretching needed: If there is pain and tightness to outer side (lateral) knee as well as the thigh, this may be a tight iliotibial band (ITB); when it affects function at the knee its called ITB syndrome. Stretching of the lateral thigh and knee, and the use of a foam roller or massage here can help. Tightness of the hamstrings can also cause some lower back pain. If popping is painful get check by your doctor. ...Read more

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My left knee is always in pain and I don't know why what could it be?

My left knee is always in pain and I don't know why what could it be?

Knee pain: If you are having persistent knee pain, then you need to have a proper evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon who can give you an accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My left knee always buckles up and i'm in pain i?

My left knee always buckles up and i'm in pain i?

Probable ACL tear: The acl is an important stabilizer of the knee. It prevents forward translation of the tibia bone. If torn, it may result in knee instability (buckling). Depending on age and athletic activity of patient it may need to be surgically reconstructed. Surgery is technically demanding and is usually performed by sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more

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I have a distressing pain at my left knee. What should i do?

I have a distressing pain at my left knee. What should i do?

KNEE PAIN: knee pain and popping you need an exam baseline labs and knee X-ray . It may be chondromalacia patellae.(Runners knee) If duration of knee pain is over 3 months a knee MRI would be indicated to define the anatomy and evaluate for structural damage. Also consult a PMR doctor for potential injections of platelets or glucose . Lastly an ortho consult in case surgery is needed ...Read more