This question was answered on Mon 05, May 2008 12:48am by Dr Paul S, MD

stabbing burning pain in lower left leg when kneeling down

Asked by Unregistered on Sat 03, May 2008 01:32pm

why do i get a stabbing pain and burning sensation in my lower leg when i kneel down it feels like something is ripping apart

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Answer by Dr Paul S, MD  on Mon 05, May 2008 12:48am:

Hi there. There can be several explanations for your symptoms. The most common condition that can cause this is muscle cramping or ligamentous sprains. Some of these muscles and ligaments are stretched and somewhat injured during changes in position. This can be addressed by constant stretching exercises to make these structures more conformable and loosened up. Other causes include insufficiency in blood supply that can be due to atherosclerosis or vascular inflammatory diseases. Impaired venous drainage that result from vein valve insufficiency can result to similar pain. Primary neurologic conditions such as ALS or MS can also cause this kind of pain but would need further evaluations by a neurologist to be diagnosed with such. Impinged nerves in this area caused by anatomic anomalies can also give rise to this type of pain. I suggest you have this checked by your doctors and discuss some of the conditions mentioned above so that the proper treatment can be instituted. Regards.
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Comment by Marcey on Mon 07, Mar 2011 05:17pm:
I have the EXACT issue...It sounds so stupid... I feel like the skin is being ripped off my leg when I am in a kneeling position. Did you ever find out the cause. Did it get better?

Comment by ARNALDO NELMIDA on Sun 15, Jan 2012 04:14pm:
Same issue for me on the side of my right knee(3 inches below the center of the kneecap and 2 inches to the right looking down on the knee). I first notice it 2 years age while on the kneeling position. Three days ago I experienced the pain again while I'm on my orbitrak on moderate resistance. I had to stop because the pain was unbearable. I applied ice over the area(about 2 inch in diameter for a few minutes) then resumed my activity. After a few more minutes, the pain came back so I stopped to ice it again. It seems like the pain comes back when my knee in under stress. I was on the orbitrak today at low resistance and there was no pain. I'll stay on the low resistance for a couple of weeks.

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