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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Why do I have pain behind my knee that is there on and off for the last three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain behind my knee that is there on and off. Recently, I had an MRI scan for the pain, which said "strain of the origin of the medial head of gastrocnemius." Last year, I had similar knee pain that was sharp and pulling in nature; however, it subsided within a week. I had used...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The cause of the pain can be a muscle strain that can take up to six weeks to heal. I suggest you apply an ice pack, do gentle stretches, and continue using anti-inflammatory ta...  Read Full »

Can knee arthroscopy cause scoliosis and pain?

Query: Hello doctor,I have mild scoliosis convex to the left and was wondering if a left knee arthroscopy can be the cause of my posture and/or pain issues. For example, sitting, standing. Also, having scoliosis, would that cause a blood clot (pulmonary embolism) after this surgery? With being a severe ast...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Scoliosis is a structural problem and knee pain will not cause this. Arthroscopy can rarely lead to a clot formation but is not necessarily a known risk factor for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) as you are likely to mobilize very quickly and the procedure is usually shor...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing pain in my thigh and knee. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing a pulling pain in my thighs and behind my knee for more than six months. I do not know why or what to do. I do not know its cause either, but I took an MRI, and there were some findings, but I am not sure if there is any direct correlation.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You have an injury to the knee that most likely caused the changes to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial meniscus. You, however, do not mention any such event. With these conditions, there is an unlikely correlation betwe...  Read Full »

Is my left knee pain due to pregnancy or chondromalacia patella?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I have had pain in the posterior part of my left knee for the past year. Currently, I am eight and a half months pregnant, and I have continuous posterior knee joint pain. I did my MRI when I was four to five months pregnant. I do not have any pain in the anteri...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. The patellofemoral pain not only causes pain while climbing or going down the stairs but after a period of rest, and the first few steps can be painful. Sometimes the pain is worse and radiates to the shin and the back of the knee. Consid...  Read Full »

How long will it take for the laceration in the knees and tears in the medial meniscus to heal?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a deep cut on the top of my knee, that is, a laceration. In the MRI, it says that there is a partial ACL tear, LCL sprain, and a longitudinal tear in the medial meniscus. I have 15 stitches on top of my knee. Currently, I am taking rest with braces on the knee. I have kept the kn...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two things that you need to be aware of. The damage outside the knee, that is, the cut you are mentioning will take two weeks to heal, and sutures should have been taken out by now if the wound healed without an infection. The damage within the knee, that is...  Read Full »

Would you please suggest me treatment for pain in the knees, hip, and spine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 64-year-old female. I have attached a few images. Kindly have a look at them. I work in a garment factory as a pedal sewing machine operator for eight hours five days a week while sitting and using my leg. I would like to know the answers to the following questions : 1) Is this t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have arthritis in your knee and spine, which considering your age, is acceptable as you are 65 years old. We cannot reverse it, but the progress may be slowed through exercises, losing weight (five percent of your current body weight), avoiding repetition, and we...  Read Full »

Could my weight be a contributing factor to my ankle and knee pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old female. My weight is 18 stone and height is 5'11". My knees crunch when I walk and often give way. My ankles are feeble, and my feet feel sore. I know that I am overweight and currently in the process of losing weight. But, due to the pain, it is getting in the way of...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is obvious that you are in trouble, but at the same time, you are feeling slightly helpless also. Nobody is going to judge you based on your weight. You should see a doctor and have your knee examined. If your knees and ankles are fine, then a fairly strenuous progr...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to walk without crutches and bend the knee backwards after knee injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male. I am a soccer player, and I have some wear and tear on my knees and ankles because of it, although I never had a significant injury. About a week and a half ago I injured my knee while playing soccer. My foot was not planted when I injured my knee, so I do not...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will recommend that you do see your doctor as the markers of a significant injury are there, immediate pain and swelling, inability to bear weight, persisting swelling, etc. Even if we over-diagnose and nothing came out of the investigation like an MRI (magnetic re...  Read Full »

I cannot kneel as my knee hurts. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I fell on a cement sidewalk about two months ago, and my knee is still bruised. Although it does not hurt while doing normal activities, it hurts tremendously when I kneel or when I accidentally brush my knee against anything. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You described that the pain gets worse on kneeling (direct pressure), which means two or three things: Following the fall, you may have either have had a bone bruise, which is still tender to touch. A subperiosteal hematoma, which can be quite tender. Or you may...  Read Full »

How to get rid of pain from Genu valgum?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. I have Genu valgum. I am developing pain in my left knee, and the pain has also started in my ankle and shin. How do I get rid of this pain?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Genu valgum is commonly called the knock-knees. It is the inability to touch both the feet together due to inward angulation of the knee. It is a physiological condition mostly, but less commonly pathological. The management will depend upon: The extent of valgus (an...  Read Full »

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