Pain In Center Of Knee When Kneeling, Like A Needle Pushed Into Knee. Also Tenderness In Center, Very Painful When Bumped. Is This A Meniscus Tear?

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Amalia Syeda-Aguirre Profile
The symptoms described are very possibly a meniscus tear. A meniscus tear is a torn cartilage and occurs when people age, or commonly in athletes. The tear occurs when the knee joint is bent and then twisted.

There are two menisci in each human knee. These are made up of cartilage, which mould to the surfaces of the bones. The menisci are on either side of the knee and assist in distributing the body weight across the joint of the knee. The menisci effectively protect the femur and the tibia bones in the leg from dealing with excessive force due to a person's weight.

When the menisci are injured it can cause major problems as there is no direct blood supply to them and healing cannot occur. The cartilage is in place to prevent the bones in the leg rubbing together and damaging. People who suffer from a meniscus tear will initially experience pain and swelling. Joints may lock and become unable to straighten. Doctors will X-ray to ascertain whether or not a tear is present, and occasionally an MRI scan is taken.

The treatment to correct a meniscus tear varies and depends upon a number of factors. The activity level and the type of tear are looked at when deciding upon treatment. If surgery is required then there are two options, one would be to replace the meniscus and the other would be to repair the part of the meniscus that is torn. Water on the knee can be caused by a tear but can also be caused by injury to the ligaments, and arthritis. The fluid will build up around the knee joint causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Bruising can also occur on the front, sides and the rear of the knee.

If a person is suffering from persistent knee pains then a check up at a doctor should be sought as soon as possible.
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It sounds exactly like what I recently experienced.  I went to kneel down one day and "BAM" it felt like I had kneeled into a needle or piece of glass.  The pain was immediate and intense.  And it only bothered me when I was kneeling.  No pain, to speak of when standing, walking or sitting.  I had my knee x-rayed to find the "needle".   No needle.  But, the bone right below the knee socket looks to have a "bone spur" protruding out.   When pressure is applied (kneeling) on the spot, it sends a shooting pain (the needle).  The doctor said the pain was the "pinched nerve."   I am still feeling the pain, and have not had anything done to treat it yet.  He said to stay off of it (don't kneel) for about a month.  Then we will revisit the issue.  I assume at some point, I will need to have the bone spur shaved off somehow to release the pressure on the nerve.  Yet to be determined.  But, I recommend you have your knee x-rayed to find out if you are suffering from the same thing.
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I have been to the doctors for the same problem this morning ,I said it only hurts when kneeling can jog swim most exercises but when  I put pressure on it it is so painful ,My Doctor said just carry on doing the things that don't hurt and he thinks I have torn a very small part of the muscle he said it would heal on its own but would take a long time.
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Went to church last Sunday and Knelt down. Ba-Bam pain in my knee like someone stuck a large needle in my knee. Only pain on left side of left knee. Yesterday was sanding my stairs, I found if I knelt on the right side of the knee no pain. I run and experienced no discomfort while running, usually do 4-5 miles at a time.
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I have extreme burning sensation on the side of my right knee when I kneel on it but there is no swelling or pain normally only when I kneel on that area. I am really baffled as to why no one seems to know what it is
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I have noticed I do have slight swelling and moderate exercise will aggravate both the swelling and pain. More people with knee injuries are saying it is probably a slight meniscus tear, MRI is the only definite way to diagnose. I have several different types of pain, the initial sharp pain happens less often, now could be classified as burning pain with exertion...
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Hi, I have exactly the same thing. Anytime I kneel on that area at the side of the knee, it's a stinging sensation as if thousand needles pricked into that area at the same time. Only about 4 cm in diameter is the area painful and only when kneeling or compressed. Compressing brings only mild discomfort.
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I always feel better when I realize so many other people suffer from my ünique"problem!
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There is no
swelling so I don't think there is water in it. It  feels like sharp needles when kneeling on it, What could it be?
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Deborah Wacker answered
You could be pinching some nerve endings. Having that pins and needles effect is a sure sign of something going on to the nerves in that area.
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This can be what they used to refer to as water on the knee. Have it check out by your doctor if it doesn't clear.  If does not clear on it's own, your body does not re-aborbe it, it will likely have to drained. Doctors are best for doing this, do not attempt on your own
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I don't think it's water on the knee (aka, bursitis?). I am an x-ray tech, happened suddenly when I knelt to position a patient. I thought there was a tack on the floor...happened several more times over the next few weeks, only when putting my weight directly in the center of the knee. If I shift my weight, the pain is gone, other than tenderness to knee...any more thoughts?
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Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
It could be that you have a pinched nerve, or a tendon that is irritated, you should go and see your doctor about this. Hope this helps.
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For the past several weeks now I have been experiencing the same thing - the right side of my knee is in slight pain as if someone is sticking a needle into it.  The pain comes & goes.
Any thoughts on what is causing this?

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