Knee Pain

Knee pain can be due to a localized injury or trauma causing a torn ligament, tendon, meniscus, fracture, bursitis, tendinitis, obesity, arthritis, overuse (runner's knee), gout, etc. Although pain due to minor injury resolves on its own, diagnosis and correction of the underlying cause are essential to get rid of long-standing severe knee pain. Weight reduction is necessary to treat the present or prevent future knee pain in obese people. Adequate rest, physiotherapy, knee braces, surgery, medication, etc., are the available treatment options based on the diagnosis.

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I twisted my knee while traveling, and I also have pain in my back and calf muscles. How do I deal with it?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my knee twisted while traveling to a different country. There is no insurance, so I went for acupuncture, and I am feeling better now. However, I have pain in my left knee. My right knee is sore in the back and calf muscles. Please help me out with this problem. I really appreciate ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Pain in a twisted knee can be due to many reasons, including ligament injury, muscle sprain, tendon injury, or even some minor fractures. Usually only the injured knee is painful in a twisting injury, and the other knee is normal. As both you...  Read Full »

I have had bilateral knee pain. MRI shows osteoarthritis and cystic changes. I need a clear diagnosis. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had bilateral knee pain. I had an MRI that showed changes and articular full-thickness cartilage loss. I have had increased pain so had another MRI done one week ago. The report states: Mild OA changes with spiky tibial tubercles and small osteophytic lipping formations were seen...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In terms of straightforward words, this report (attachment removed for patient identity protection) says stage 2 or 3 osteoarthritis. Your bone is getting damaged. A subchondral cyst is formed when bone tries to cover up the damages by rebuilding the bone in a fast man...  Read Full »

I have trouble walking because of pain in my knee cap and nothing seems to work. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from this knee pain for four months now. Whenever I am trying to walk, I am experiencing so much pain in my kneecap. I have consulted many doctors but in vain. I can barely walk about now. I have to sit most of the time. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Pain in the knee cap can be due to various possible reasons depending upon the age of the patient. In young active patients under 30 years of age, it is usually due to cartilage degeneration between the knee joints whi...  Read Full »

My 72-year-old wife is suffering from severe knee pain while climbing stairs. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 72 years and has diabetes and hypothyroidism. Both are under control. She gets pain very often in the knees, especially while climbing down the stairs. Please suggest whether she has to undergo knee replacement of the right knee. Or can we postpone for some more years? Is it...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I reviewed the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your wife has severe osteoarthritis with high-grade osteoporosis of the bones. The X-ray and your detailed description of the symptoms indicate your wife's sever...  Read Full »

I have been having pain in different regions around the patella of my left leg while moving on uneven surfaces. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year-old-male. For the last week, I have been having pain in different regions around the patella of my left leg while moving uneven surfaces. Short knee pain while walking, stiffness, and crunching sound from joints burning sensation of joints. After two days, a slight pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you are most probably undergoing is called chondromalacia of the patella, where the cartilage of the patella is undergoing degeneration. And yes, you are showing symptoms of polyarthralgia, which are most likely due to calcium and vitamin D3 deficiency. I woul...  Read Full »

I have had pain in my right knee for the last four months, which is increasing while walking. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a pain in my right knee for the last three to four months. I feel severe pain while walking.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your X-ray reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows that you have severe osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Both the bones of your knee joint are damaged due to continuous friction in addition to your advancing age. Sti...  Read Full »

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