Behind the knee pain like I hyperexteded it

by tom
(joliet, illinois)

as i said i finish concrete although i've been laid off for a couple months already.

i woke up 3 days ago and had a pain in my left knee like i had hyperextended it yet i hadn't even left the house for a couple days. i didn't fall or twist to have this happen and thought maybe i slept on it wrong.

3 days later it hurts worse than it did originally and i've been staying off of it as much as possible. the whole backside of my knee just kills.

been takin aleve but that hasn't done much.

i can't straighten it when i walk but can put all my weight on it while bent. just hardly at all when its straight. is this a tendonitis problem?

or could it be something else?




Joshua Answers:

Hi Tom.

The first thing that jumps to mind is that there's a muscle on the back side of your knee that when it gets too short/tight, starts to HURT.

If you were active walking around a lot, up and down, etc, and lately you've been sitting around a lot, it makes sense for a variety of reasons that this muscle has jumped into a pain dynamic.

-IF- the pain is behind your knee, is muscluar, and hurts to stretch the leg out/straighten the leg, then that's my top pick.

If it's a joint pain, in or around the joint pain, includes a grinding when you walk, hurts going down stairs but not up stairs or vice versa, then that's different.

It certainly could be a Tendonitis dynamic, we'll see.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Regardless, it sounds like there's some unhappy muscles involved. Get some Magnesium into you. That can/will help with spastic, pain causing muscles.

Tell me more about the behind the knee pain, and let's figure this out. What exactly hurts, and what action help/hurt it.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Apr 08, 2013
VEIN hurts and I can feel a bulge
by: cris

I have been having this problem as well for a couple of months now, it feels like it involves a vein(s) in the back of the knee. It doesn't feel like a muscle or tendon and it's prevalent when I have been on my knees on the floor for a bit. I then see stars when I straighten up and move the leg back. I also have the same sensation when I've been sitting for a while. I can actually feel the vein [artery?] bulging when I touch it.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Cris.


I have no valid opinion on what you've described, aside from a thought that you may want to 'get thee to a hospital' to rule out blood clot or any other danger to life and limb.

Oct 14, 2015
I have the same problem in my left knee.
by: Salem

It happened when I woke up. My muscles just started to hurt behind my knee and I couldn't extend it but could walk with my knee bent. I don't know what to do for it and want to see if anyone could help. Its only been 2 days but the pain has neither diminished or gotten worse.


Joshua Comments:

Did you have some kind of sports/impact injury?

Is it a vein/artery thing like Cris described? If so, get thee to a hospital.

If not, there's a little muscle in the back of the knee, it gets very unhappy when people's stride is too short.

Taking longer strides, surprisingly enough, makes it happy again.

Oct 15, 2015
Back of knee pain has started to recede
by: Salem

Today I woke up after applying heat to the back of my knee the night before and some pain had receded. There is still pain in certain motions but I can walk normally and extend my leg a lot more then I could before. Idk what it was but I'm glad that it's starting to go away.

Dec 10, 2015
i hve the back of knee pain
by: Anonymous

I have the back of knees pain it started in 1 now is in both. I have to stand up for work and by the end of the day it feels like ive been standing on concret for 8 hours. I cant straighten my legs at all.

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