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    What causes knee pain while walking?

Posted on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I recently ( a few days ago) have a sharp pain in knee when walking, only when i step or turn a certain way but is unpredictable. At rest no problem. Even did TRX workout a lunch and no problem. Did not happen form event like working out just woke up a few days ago and got sharp pain as walking to shower but pain does not linger. just right knee. need home tips to help or maybe exercizes to help ? I'm a 52 year old male
Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Meniscal tear

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for contacting HCM with your health care concerns.

You have recently developed right knee pain that you describe as sharp and intermittent. This sounds very much like a small tear in your meniscus. The meniscus is the cartilage that your upper leg rests upon. The intermittent nature of the pain suggests only a small tear that occurs only in certain positions. Hence the single twist produces pain when you get in and out of the shower. You can continue to work out which will help improve the strength of the knee muscles and ligaments but will not fully help heal the tear. Over time the tear will heal but if it extends beyond its current size it may need repair. There is no medication that will help at this time. I recommend you proceed with regular exercise program. If the knee becomes swollen and you are unable to tolerate the pain then seek medical attention.

In summary
1. Meniscal tear
2. Regular exercise
3. Seek medical attention if worsens

I hope I answered your question. Please contact HCM again with your health care concerns or questions or if you have any other information you need
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Ronald Schubert 1 hour later
thanks. that describes my situation. So you say over time the small tear may heal. Any way to help that along ? like limit walking or exercizing ? or certain types of exercizng that reduces risk of making tear worse (e.g. Maybe cycling is better than running).
Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
To heal a meniscus tear takes time

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for returning to HCM

The meniscal tear will heal over time. Exercise with walking will help strengthen the knee and actually help the healing process. But I caution to stop if your pain increases or you develop swelling.

There are no specific exercises that you need to do. I would recommend avoiding exercise that require quick start and stops like basketball or skiing. They may put too much stress on your knees. But doing routine gym workouts will be okay

I hope I answered your question. Please contact HCM again with your health care concerns or questions or if you have any other information you need
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