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What causes knee pain while running? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-May-2014
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User:Hell oDoctor
Doctor:
Please proceed with your query
User:I get pain in front of my left knee while runnin
User:this doesn't happens while walking / bending / climbng stairs
Doctor:Since when do you have this issue?
User:I play Tennis overthe weekends and seems to have got this pain from there
User:it's more than 3 weeks now
Doctor:Have you had similar pain before the last 3 weeks?
User:and it only happens while RUNNING
User:no..not before that
Doctor:Did you sustain injury 3 weeks ago?\
User:it seems when i started playing with new shoes...
User:no, there was no injury
User:but now if i play with any other pair of shoes, the pain occur
Doctor:Do you mean this pain (pain while running)occurs only with a particular shoes?
User:i thought that thepain would go away with time...but it still occurs while running nd only in left knee
User:the pain occurs with any shoes / slippers
User:i thought that it started when i changed shoes....but it could be due to something else
Doctor:Ok
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Running involves severe stress on the knee joint.
Doctor:You seem to be developing pain when the joint is under severe stress.\
User:yes...absolutely
Doctor:Such pain is possible if the knee supports - the ligaments and meniscus are affected.
User:i understand ligaments...but what is meniscus
Doctor:The damages are sometimes very subtle and can be picked up only by MRI scans.
Doctor:At this point of time based on the history, I can only predict the possibility.
User:ok
Doctor:Menisci is one of the knee supportive tissue. It cushions the knee joint.
Doctor:A detailed clinical examination can confirm/rule out this possibility.
Doctor:You may have developed unnoticed injury which may have aggravated over the period of 3 weeks.
User:yes..it's possible
Doctor:So consult an orthopedician and if needed, the doctor can order for scans and plan the treatment.
Doctor:Hope it is clear.
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:in the meantime i consult a ortho....would you like to advise any other treatment
Doctor:The more you rest the joint the faster it heals.
Doctor:Therefore my only suggestion at this point is avoid running and strenuous physical exercise such as climbing stairs.
Doctor:Since you are asymptomatic at rest, I don't think you need any other treatment.
Doctor:But if you wish to be more cautious,
Doctor:you can use knee supports using knee caps or splints.
Doctor:You can get these supports personalised to your size at the nearest pharmacy stores.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:great..thanks for the advise
User:I will try knee support ptions and see if that works
User:option
Doctor:The supports are for pain relief. It doesn't help us identify the cause.
Doctor:You should consider visiting the surgeon if it persists.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:Thanks again...have a nice day
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