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Why do my knees ache every time I start running or walk down the stairs?

Why do my knees ache every time I start running or walk down the stairs?

Knee pain: There are many causes of knee pain -- what you are describing sounds like arthritic pain (depends on your age) and is best evaluated by your primary care doctor. Exam +/- imaging will be helpful in diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg.Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs.Can be quiet dull or sharp.I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer?Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month. ...Read more

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After running the stairs, my knees ache.What should I do?

After running the stairs, my knees ache.What should I do?

Depends: Pain could be due to patellar tendonitis (try knee strap) or irritated/early wear of the cartilage area around the patella (try knee sleeve with a cutout for knee cap). Other causes could include a plica and osgood schlatters. For starters avoid stairs, knee extension machines, deep knee squats, lunges etc. Try ice, therapy, nsaid'. If persists see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

F, 50, could knee pain go away on its own with time after running injury? Had arthro surg. 1 yr. Ago, no luck. Still hurts to walk mri's, xrays good

New evaluation: If you still have significant knee pain one year after surgery, you should consider getting a complete re-evaluation, possibly with another MRI, to be sure that nothing else is wrong with the knee. Talk with your Doctor. ...Read more

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Knee pain: back of knee, inner side of knee is sore. If bent it hurts to straighten and vice versa. Hurts to walk at times. X-ray clear ?

Knee pain: back of knee, inner side of knee is sore. If bent it hurts to straighten and vice versa. Hurts to walk at times.  X-ray clear ?

See details: You need to go beyond a plain x ray to an mri, especially if the symptoms are not improving. Have an orthopedist evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning thats worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning thats worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Knee pain: may be Bakers cyst ,tendonitis,hematoma though they should hurt more with exercise. Also though rarer in a male consider a clot, becasue clots are dangerous would f/u today with doctor /urgent care may need sonongram that can visualize clots , bakers cysts or a hematoma ...Read more

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I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

Giving way...: Is a nonspecific sign and does not indicated tears or any other pathology. However, if your pain is worsening it is important to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal physician to determine the cause and correct treatment of your knee pain. ...Read more

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I have achy knees. Going up and down stairs my knees ache. What can I take for this? Thanks

I have achy knees. Going up and down stairs my knees ache. What can I take for this?  Thanks

Anti-inflammatory .: An anti inflammatory med like aleve (naproxen) or advil will help. You may have some arthritis in the knees. You should be evaluated by an orthopedic knee specialist. ...Read more

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Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Knee pain. No swelling or redness. Feels like bones crunching together when I walk up or down stairs.

Arthritis: When cartilage is new, it is smooth and glides over each other. When the surfaces become arthritic, they become irregular and grate and crack as they go over each other. When this process involves the under surface of the knee cap, it is often worse going up and down stairs. ...Read more

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Right acute knee pain, burning and bruise- like feeling. Whole kneecap is worse, along its bottom. Stairs are very difficult to use, and it hurts any time i walk. Had a negative x- ray.

Patellofemoral pain?: Based on your description of the problem, your young age, and a negative x-ray, i'm suspicious that your pain may be patellofemoral in nature. If this is the case, exercises to strengthen the quadriceps can be very helpful. An elastic knee brace may also help. Since the symptoms are acute, it is possible that you have a torn tendon or ligament. Ultrasound or MRI can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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


Dr. Richard Levin
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