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behind knee pain

I have had pain behind my knee for almost a year now. I had a meniscal tear taken care of last June and I was told it would also take care of the ganglion cyst that had developed. 6 weeks after the surgery I was still having the pain and discomfort behind my knee. I experience increased tightness and pain with exercise....the more I use it the less I am able to do. Even walking causes discomfort. I am not able to pick up my foot and move it back as if trying to touch my butt with my foot. I have a tight, full feeling and its painful. to sit for a period and then attempt to get up and walk is almost unheard of now. I have to stand slowly and let my leg adjust to the knew position or it will not support me, very very painful. I absolutely can not squat or even bend down on this knee, which causes a problem in my profession. To use exercise equipment is out of the question right now. I constantly have to adjust my leg sitting or standing because the pain will travel down my knee to my foot and up to my hip, all on the lateral side. My ITT band is tight at times and I am able to keep that stretched without discomfort. My ortho doctor told my I was just getting old and to take vitamins for the joints, Im sorry but I'm only 43 and didn't have any trouble with my knee until I fell last february. I thought the pain would be better after the meniscus was taken care of. Im lost to what to do now. Could this be true....am I just getting old.  Help
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Hi there!

Well, without the relevant clinical details or a detailed clinical evaluation it would be difficult to comment precisely on the situation. Possibilities that may need to be considered include inflammations such as bursitis, tendonitis, further degeneration, other injuries to muscles ligaments, micronutrient deficiencies, neuro-muscular issues etc. I do not suspect age to be a factor here. I would suggest considering a second opinion with another orthopedician for a detailed evaluation of the situation and suggestion of an appropriate management plan. Meanwhile you could try ice-packs. Warm compresses and tylenol/ OTC NSAIDS for pain relief. Physiotherapy (if feasible) may also help improve muscle strength around the knee and alleviate your symptoms.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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Thank you...I will go for the second opinion!
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