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A week ago I was doing some exercises (mainly star jumps and lunges) which I managed ok at the time.
However the next day my left knee started to become quite painful all around and underneath the kneecap, mainly at the inner side of the kneecap but also some on the outer side. There was also pain at the back of the knee on the outer side. The pain was quite sharp at the back of my knee, and a more of an ache around the kneecap. There didn't appear to be any noticeable swelling.
There is also some popping at the top knee joint and at the area on the back of my knee when I walk or extend it, and each time it pops there is new pain in those areas.
I also found when I lie down and pull my knee up against my chest, there is a spot on the inner side of the knee just next to my kneecap that I could manipulate with my fingers. It's a bit like pressing down on a plastic bottle where it pushes in and then pops back out again. If I do this a few times some dull pain starts spread to the area. The same spot also pops and catches when I'm walking.
I went to the GP 3 days ago and he put me through a range of leg movements which I could do ok, but it was also painful the the same areas. He said he wasn't sure and it may be split cartilage, and to give it 3 weeks to see if it heals.
But I'm finding it difficult to walk properly at the moment as my knee is both painful and stiff and I'm wondering if I should seek further medical help. Does anyone have any suggestions what the issue could be?
I've attached 3 photos:
Image 1 - The area I feel pain around my kneecap.
Image 2 - The area at the back of my knee that is painful, and pops when I'm walking.
Image 3 - The spot next to my kneecap that I can manipulate with my fingers, and also pops when I'm walking.
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