What causes sharp knee pain in me for the last 2 months?

Q. I get a sharp shooting pain in the knee for the last 2 months. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Anuj Gupta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 02, 2020 and last reviewed on: Aug 24, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 35-year-old male, weight 162 pounds, and height" 5 feet and 11 inches. I am trying to avoid going to a doctor/hospital due to the current pandemic situation, but my left knee has progressively gotten worse over the last 2.5 months. I am not 100 % sure what caused the pain, as I play disc golf (have not played since this happened) and at the time my dog ran full speed into the inside of my knee causing to tumble over. Symptoms over last couple months/ what I can or cant do. I have no issues with putting weight on it, no buckling, movement issues or anything like that No swelling. Have never had any swelling I have intense pain on the upper outside of left knee. Looking at pictures, I swear this is either meniscus or LCL as far as what is in that region. The ONLY time my knee feels any pain is after i unbend my leg and straighten it out. The pain is sharp as if someone was stabbing me above/outside my knee. The is a dull pain that spreads out across the top portion of my knee cap. this all subsides usually within 2-3 minutes. Meds do nothing, ice has done nothing (again no swelling or any other obvious signs) Everything I have read seems to not give me many answers as the common symptoms seem to be non existent, yet there is obviously something wrong. Normally I would have no issue going up to a doctor or hospital to have everything looked at, but I am trying to put this off as hospital staff are already in short supply.



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Are you able to squat comfortably and completely?

Just tried and got about 30% of the way down and had the sharp shooting pain directly into the top outside of knee going straight into the top left portion of my knee cap. + As I mentioned the "pain" has progressively gotten worse over the last 2 months with very limited physical activity.


thanks for reply if you are having trouble in bending as well well as straightening, then it seems to be a meniscus problem could you please mark the exact site of pain on your knee and send pic to me

Absolutely. I can fully straighten my leg without any issue/pain. This pain only arises immediately following the act of straightening my leg. I attached a picture to show the exact location of the sharp pain.


sorry, I missed the picture before. so basically it's the pain of meniscus itself the good thing is, most of the meniscus problem needs conservative management you have this problem for last 2.5 months, have you tried any kind of exercises?

Yes. I have tried multiple different knee strengthening/ stretching exercises. I have not pushed hose exercises past the point of having pain or anything like that, but this does not seem to ever go away.


well there are only two options available. one is exercises and other is surgery. there is no role of medicines. learn quadric and hamstring strengthening exercises from internet and do it for half an hour twice a day. you have to make sincere efforts usually we advice patients to try with exercises for at least 6 weeks. and if there is not even slightest of improvement, then we advice arthroscopic surgery

Okay thank you very much. I will definitely look at that again and make sure I am staying committed to that for a bit longer.


if you face any problem then contact me. I will send you the link for exercises thanks

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