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Bad knee pain?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
5 doctors agree

In brief: SEVERAL CAUSES

'bad knee pain' could be due to new or old trauma (causing degenerative arthritis/cartilage loss, degenerating ligaments.
..). Also an acute gout attack can cause 'bad knee pain' and a blood test can check this possibility. Another serious cause of knee pain is acute rheumatoid arthritis which causes swelling and pain (lab tests can distinguish). Finally, a knee infection (septic joint) is a 911.

In brief: SEVERAL CAUSES

'bad knee pain' could be due to new or old trauma (causing degenerative arthritis/cartilage loss, degenerating ligaments.
..). Also an acute gout attack can cause 'bad knee pain' and a blood test can check this possibility. Another serious cause of knee pain is acute rheumatoid arthritis which causes swelling and pain (lab tests can distinguish). Finally, a knee infection (septic joint) is a 911.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis

There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required.
Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problems. Patients are often surprised much of knee pain is poor control at the hip and ankle. Two YouTube videos review the concepts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Nh5aYwFnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E https://youtu.be/sVub-q5Wkqw

In brief: Diagnosis

There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required.
Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problems. Patients are often surprised much of knee pain is poor control at the hip and ankle. Two YouTube videos review the concepts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Nh5aYwFnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E https://youtu.be/sVub-q5Wkqw
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Dr. Mark Brezinski
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See specialist.

See an orthopedic knee specialist, who can obtain xrays to check for arthritis or other problems first.
An MRI may be necessary after the xrays.

In brief: See specialist.

See an orthopedic knee specialist, who can obtain xrays to check for arthritis or other problems first.
An MRI may be necessary after the xrays.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Get evaluated

Knee pain can have multiple causes including but not limited to trauma, arthritis, tendinitis, infection, and neoplasm. A thorough history and physical followed by diagnostic imaging can help get the answers and treatment you might need.

In brief: Get evaluated

Knee pain can have multiple causes including but not limited to trauma, arthritis, tendinitis, infection, and neoplasm. A thorough history and physical followed by diagnostic imaging can help get the answers and treatment you might need.
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many possibilities

Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormalities.

In brief: Many possibilities

Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormalities.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Family Medicine

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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