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    Could I be getting knee pain from a hip injury?

    I have femoro-acetibular impringement of both hips associated with labram tears bilaterally and paralaberal cysts on my right side hip and mild bursitis in both hips. Would this cause bilateral knee pain?
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    Sunil Mulay

    Massage Therapist

    Sunil is a professional remedial massage therapist with a deep interest in the functioning of the human body’s structural systems, and the conditions that are … View Profile

    Have you been assessed by a professional and been provided with any post-injury rehabilitation?
    I suspect the hip injury has neurologically inhibited some of your muscles, as it tends to (eg. glut medius, possibly unilateral, VMO, etc), which may be causing your femur to rotate internally, putting excessive strain on your knees?
    Do you knock your knees when walking sometimes?
    Where do you feel the pain? In the kneecap region, deeper, posterior?
    A bit more info would be helpful, but I suspect that it's a mechanical issue, which could be asssessed by a professional such as myself, and then treated with soft-tissue techniques and rehabilitation.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards
    Sunil

  • Dr Amir Kalanie

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Amir Kalanie is a Fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with further sub-specialist training in Hip and Knee replacement and Arthroscopic Hip surgery. He migrated to … View Profile

    Yes, it absolutely can. Hip pathology presenting as knee pain is well recognised. However without seeing you, fully examining you and looking at your imaging studies it's very hard to be definite. Some studies have shown that up to 30% of people in the community less than 40yrs of age may have changes in their hips suggestive of Femoroacetabular impingement but have no symptoms. So just because you have these findings on your xrays/MRI that doesn't mean that your knee pain is due to your hips. It could potentially be the case but the only way to tell is a full assessment of your hips and knees by a specialist. Good luck and all the best.

    Regards

    Dr Amir Kalanie

  • Mr Ilan Freedman

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Ilan Freedman is a Dual-Fellowship trained Melbourne Orthopaedic Surgeon with specialist experience in Direct Anterior Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement, Bikini Anterior Hip Replacement, Conformis … View Profile

    Certainly possible. It is very common for a 'hip" problem to cause referred pain to the knee. Of course you could have a co-existing knee problem, but you should definitely have the hips further investigated. An injection of local anaesthetic into your HIP will help diagnose your problem. If your knee pain goes away after the injection you'll know the pain was coming from your hip.

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