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I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

Cartilage damage: You probably have degeneration of cartilaginous components in the joint. The most common culprit is the meniscus. Diagnosis is done by mri, and arthroscopy provides the needed clean up. ...Read more

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Knee Pain (Definition)

Knee pain is a clinical finding in which the joint (where the bones meet) of the knee is painful to move. This can occur with Injury, arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...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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Knee pain , grinding sensation , locking and cracking some times gives way , if i put my hand on it i can feel it grinding worse in the cold. Any idea?

Knee pain , grinding sensation , locking and cracking some times gives way , if i put my hand on it i can feel it grinding worse in the cold. Any idea?

Many possibilities: Could be some arthritis (though you are young), a meniscal tear, scar tissue, or a loose body. Some people just have crackling knees without anything serious wrong with the knee. It really depends on many things...Did you have surgery before, or a major injury? It sound like you should see a sports doctor to at least have an exam and xrays. ...Read more

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I exercised/ran for years w/no knee pain/not overweight. Pain direct result of previous insanity/plyo. I want to run/build muscle but knees grind&hurt?

I exercised/ran for years w/no knee pain/not overweight. Pain direct result of previous insanity/plyo. I want to run/build muscle but knees grind&hurt?

Typical with plyo: Plyometrics/insanity puts a lot of stress on your knee joints that you don't get with other exercises. I recommend running on dirt/sand-it takes more energy and is gentler on your knees. It is also common for women to have arthritis under their kneecaps due to wider hips. You may benefit from getting a gait analysis at a good shoe store since pronation (either over or under) can cause knee pain. ...Read more

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What can be done for knee pain I think is from the lateral collateral ligament associated with joint grinding?

What can be done for knee pain I think is from the lateral collateral ligament associated with joint grinding?

Unlikely: The lateral (or fibular) collateral ligament does not typically cause pain. An injury to the fcl can cause instability in the knee. Unlike the mcl, when it is injured, it does not heal as readily and actually doesn't hurt as much to touch it. Grinding could be instability but usually occurs from a mechanical problem inside the knee. See an orthopaedic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Constant knee pain seems lateral. Collateral ligament is tight & painful and it is also causing the joint to grind. What could be causing this?

Constant knee pain seems lateral. Collateral ligament is tight & painful and it is also causing the joint to grind. What could be causing this?

Knee Nightmare: Pain about the knee can be due to many reasons. Medial pain can occur due to ligament, meniscal or bursal injury. Similarly, lateral pain can occur for these reasons but less so for meniscal injury as it is a distinct structure apart from the collateral ligament. A common, but often overlooked, condition is iliotibial band syndrome that can cause pain anywhere from the hip to the lateral knee. ...Read more

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Chronic pain, stiffness, both feet, big & mid toes. Also chronic knee pain w intermittent grinding. Intermittent grinding right shoulder. Ra?Other?

Chronic pain, stiffness, both feet, big & mid toes. Also chronic knee pain w  intermittent grinding. Intermittent grinding right shoulder. Ra?Other?

RA, Osteoarthritis: When you have symptoms on both sides, it can open up the possibility of ra. Joints in RA or any other inflammatory arthritis, usually present with swelling , pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a result of wear on the cartilage in joints. The only way to find out what type is through blood tests and screening techniques to test for rheumatoid factor. ...Read more

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What can cause knee pain?

What can cause knee pain?

Muscles, not joint: Janet g. Travell, md the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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What causes my knee pain?

What causes my knee pain?

Knee pain: Knee pain can be caused by injury, overuse, arthritis, cancer, hip or spine issues and other things. To help your physician understand your specific pain, you want to write down your medical problems and medicines. Spend some time thinking about what causes your pain, what makes it better and worse. Record any other findings associated with your knee pain. (ie swelling, popping, giving way...) ...Read more

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What could cause knee pain ?

What could cause knee pain ?

Muscles, not joint: Janet g. Travell, md the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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