Many people suffer from arthritis behind the kneecap, called patellofemoral osteoarthritis . This kind of arthritis causes knee pain when going up or down stairs. Patients also have pain after sitting with the knee bent, or when standing up after sitting. About 80 percent of adults with this condition are helped by nonsurgical treatment such as medication, special exercises, and avoiding painful activities. Other patients may get relief from a simple surgery called lateral retinacular release . With this procedure, the surgeon cuts the retinaculum . This is a dense, fibrous band of tissue along the outer edge of the kneecap. The arthritis doesn't go away with the release of the retinaculum. However, pain relief is reported by many people who have this surgery. Retinacular release can delay major surgery such as total knee replacement. Patients who are too young for joint replacement or too sick for major surgery may choose this easy operation for arthritis relief. Reference: Joseph Aderinto...
I just started having sharp stabbing pains of the left side of my head just above the left ear. It feels like someone is stabbing with a sharp object and is very painful. It doesn't last too long. Sometimes I get them one after the other and sometimes it goes away and them comes back, but right after this happens I get tingling all over my left check and then going down to the jaw are.
I've have this now going on 3 days. Today the jabbing is going to my forehead mainly on the left side. I'm very worried. Thanks, Rose.
This isn't a question that anyone can safely answer via the Internet. It needs to be addressed by a physician who can review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, and examine you in person.
What you describe could be ice pick headaches, but we cannot say if it is or not. You can find some information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem among military soldiers in training. In fact, it's the main reason soldiers are given a medical discharge. PFPS is also common among runners. PFPS causes pain behind the kneecap during running, squatting, and stair climbing. Even though PFPS is common, we still don't know exactly what causes it. Researchers suggest factors such as muscle weakness, loss of muscle control, and changes in the foot and ankle. How do we treat something when we don't know what causes it? What works for one person may not work for everyone. In this study, physical therapists in the military looked at the use of a shoe insert for PFPS. The insert is called a foot orthotic . They used an off-the-shelf and ready-to-use orthotic. It's a premolded full-length insole that fits inside the shoe. It has a firm arch support and heel cushion. The shoe insert was combined with a modified training program. Forty-five men and women with PFPS were examined before wearing ...
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