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Shooting knee pain

04/20/2009

Question:

About two weeks ago i started having shooting pain in the inside of my right knee. It comes on randomly too. I dont think i have done anything to make it injuried. I dont know if i should go to the doctor or not.

Answer:

Shooting pain "in the inside of your knee" could mean "deep inside" vs. "the inner or medial side" of your knee.

If you don't recall injuring (twisting, falling, engaging in unaccustomed activity, etc.) your knee at or just before you first noticed these symptoms, they could have a degenerative basis. For example, arthritic involvement ("wear and tear changes") of joint surfaces within your knee, and/or a degenerative meniscus (cartilage within your knee) tear.

Alternatively, pain which seems to be coming from your knee could instead be "referred" to your knee from another area such as from your hip or lower back.

If your symptoms are not improving, and particularly if they are becoming worse and/or interfering with sleep or other desired activities, consulting with your physician may be appropriate.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University