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Knee pain when walking down stairs. Applied ice, taken Ibuprofen. What could it be?

husband walked down stairs and on last step as he stepped off his left inside of knee suddenly hurt. He iced it for 15 off for 15 then on again for 20 and took an ibprophen. Now he has a vein sticking out from mid inside thigh to mid inside calf . What could it be? He feels like he can t stretch leg out and can not put weight on his leg.
Asked On : Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

From the brief details, it appears that you husband has been suffering from osteoarthritis, with acute pain and present problems precipitated by breaking off of a small piece of cartilage in the joint (which causes osteoarthritis).

Other possibility is avulsion of a tendon around the knee joint.

Get a CT scan of the knee to establish the exact cause. Rest to the knee joint, along with a short course of anti-inflammatory pain-killers, such as ibuprofen + paracetamol combination will help.

Consult your doctor and apprise him of my opinion. I am certain that he agree with me, order required tests, and- based on the reports- will prescribe suitable treatment as advised.

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Fond regards and have a nice day

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal
Answered: Sun, 17 Nov 2013
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