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My knee hurts with shooting pains and it clicks when I walk up stairs. What can this be?

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Dr. Jason Torrente
Family Medicine
11 doctors agree

In brief: Tracking Disorder

All joints can make noise.
If the noise hurts, that may indicate a problem. Most people without a history of trauma and pain with stairs is usually a patellar tracking disorder. The knee cap can rub against the femoral groove when going up/down stairs causing inflammation and pain. This is often resolved with consistent rehab. You should see a sports medicine specialist or an orthopedist.

In brief: Tracking Disorder

All joints can make noise.
If the noise hurts, that may indicate a problem. Most people without a history of trauma and pain with stairs is usually a patellar tracking disorder. The knee cap can rub against the femoral groove when going up/down stairs causing inflammation and pain. This is often resolved with consistent rehab. You should see a sports medicine specialist or an orthopedist.
Dr. Jason Torrente
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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Quad sets, which are isometric extension (straighten bent knee & hold) exercises. start with 10 count with toes straight up and out, 20 count with toes in to activate the inner part of your quad muscle (VMO) and increase count daily but slowly to 100 twice daily will improve tracking in 2 weeks. Ice after any strenuous activity or injury and ACE wrap or knee sleeve for swelling.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Patellar pain

The most common cause of knee pain and crepetance walking up and down stairs is patello-femoral pain / chondromalacia of the patello-femoral surfaces.
Often appropriate excercise can be successful in limiting these symptoms.

In brief: Patellar pain

The most common cause of knee pain and crepetance walking up and down stairs is patello-femoral pain / chondromalacia of the patello-femoral surfaces.
Often appropriate excercise can be successful in limiting these symptoms.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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