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Getting pain on knee. X-ray normal. Prescribed painkiller. Any suggestion?

Apr 2013
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my son is 27 , he has pain in his right knee off on ,the orthopaedic got the x XXXXXXX done which is normal ,, but prescribed pain kilker, cartigen for a week , he is a young boy restricted by this
Posted Sat, 25 May 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 50 minutes later
Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Thank you for your query.
This isnt normal to have knee pain withour reason in his age. Xray can se only bones, cartilage and possible fractures. For more detailed investigation he should do MRI because it can detect ligaments,muscles and meniscus. So consult your GO and insist on MRI because there is no another test appropriate for this.
ALso he can kave some knee steroid injections and knee needle aspiration after which joint fluit can be analysed. There are some systemic diseases which can cause knee pain as well so he also need to check uric acid, rheumatoid factor and calcium levels.
Till the right diagnosis he should apply some cold compresses and keep leg elevated. Also he must avoid excessive exercise till pain subside.
WIsh you good health. If you have any question I ll be glad to help.
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Follow-up: Getting pain on knee. X-ray normal. Prescribed painkiller. Any suggestion? 5 minutes later
he was advised mri but he has braces on his teeth which are gonna be off within a month,, he cannot afford to be resting ,, he is at some ftriends wedding at present ,, again pain started after dancing
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 4 hours later
Then he can do CT scan, it can be helpful in some cases.
He should rest, there is no other cure at this point. Only streching and so called isometric exercises can improve his knee condition. Jumping, running and dancing can make it worse so advice him not to do it while he feels pain.
There are certain supplements for cartilage and joint function so ask your pharmacist about it. If nonsteroid painkillers doesnt halp you can consider something stronger as tramadol, but painkillers wont treat the cause. Cause can be found in MRI or CT scan or artoscopy.
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