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knee pain climbing/descending steps

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  • Posted By: boulaunda
  • February 6, 2007
  • 00:09 AM

Hi all,

I have had this knee condition where initially I couldn't walk without limping.
Then I found I had no balance control on my left knee when my left knee would bend forward while I put body weight on it.

I am able to walk properly now and do bit of running as well with knee support but still lose balance control on left knee if I am not careful. Also still get sharp pain in knee if climb stairs or decend stairs. Only way I can climb or descend stairs is when I put my right leg forward first followed by left leg. Climbing or descending by putting left first very painfull.

any help in getting correct diagnosis of problem is much appreciated

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  • Well, first of all I am not a doctor, however I have had similar types of knee pain before. What I recommend first (after seeing your reg Doc of course) is getting an MRI on your knee. These sometimes can be helpful in seeing tears in cartilage, tendons, etc...and it prevents surgery as the first alternative. If something shows up, then go from there. If not, you might just need to do a 2-3 months of physical therapy on it and toughen up the muscles and tendons through and around your knee. Your Doc may actually prescribe therapy first, that's what they did in my case anyway. I hope this helps...Sincerely,Jared
    ohgoodbe 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 06:20 PM
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  • Thanks for your ideas - I think I need to see a doctor now and see what can be done.
    boulaunda 1 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 11:44 AM
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  • I am currently a PT student and previously suffered a knee injury in which I had to have surgery and use crutches for a week. I tore my medial meniscus (cartilage on the inside of my right knee). When climbing or descending stairs with an injury a rule of thumb is "up with the good, down with the bad." If there is a railing use it of course but when you ascend stairs step up with the uninjured leg then the injured one. When descending do the opposite, go down with the affected leg first and then the unaffected leg. Use a railing or assistive device to lean on when descending to avoid putting to much weight on the injured side. If you are losing your balance due to pain or weakness at the sign of injury you really need to see a doctor and get a diagnosis. If you don't you might injury some other part of your knee or your unaffected one when trying to catch yourself from stumbling. Good luck!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 04:07 PM
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