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Offline redfuji

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Knee pain under cap
« on: November 13, 2015, 06:34:43 PM »
what could this possibly be?... left knee/cap pain for past month. pain shifts around knee cap vicinity.
occasionally pain shoot down the out side of leg.

no major health issues, no arthritis.47 yrs old; no sports activity. no work out activity.  desk job. physically ok. not obese but 'over weight' by medical standard.

 5'9" (175cm) 91kg. (200 lbs)

left knee cap pain (left-hand side of Left  knee cap)

pain can be described as a 'burn' or 'tender spot' on/around knee cap .  pain feels directly under knee cap and around it.  maybe feels like a tear. no prior knee injuries. no cracking sounds.

2/10 pain with full motion stretching leg after prolonged sitting. 0/10 pain twisting feet around leg axis while sitting. 0/10 pain laying down. 0/10 pain sitting down. 0/10 pain with no movement. 3/10 pain prolonged walking. 4/10 pain with direct touch knee cap area. 7/10 pain kneeling on floor.   very slight swelling compared to right knee-not really noticeable. standing up for prolonged time 3/10 pain; but squatting after prolonged standing may hurt with 7/10 pain.. worst pain 9/10 is when i bump my knee against something hard or kneeling on it -direct pressure on knee cap produces most pain.
« Last Edit: November 13, 2015, 07:07:22 PM by redfuji »

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Re: Knee pain under cap
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 07:28:26 PM »

Sounds like patellar maltracking syndrome.  Also called "patellofemoral pain syndrome".    Physical therapy can certainly help.  Surgeries do not work for this, so beware of a surgeon who offers a surgical fix.    Perhaps try a topical anti-inflammatory to see if that can get the inflammation down, as you wait for diagnosis and treatment. 
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Re: Knee pain under cap
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2015, 08:44:51 PM »
the pain sometimes radiates down the outter side of my L. leg

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Re: Knee pain under cap
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2015, 09:25:30 PM »
Pretty typical of PFS. Best to see a physiotherapist for a tailored programme to get the muscles back into balance. You say no arthritis, have you had X-rays and MRI to confirm?
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