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What are the symptoms of nerve damage in the knee?

I am a 57 year old male. I want to know what are the symptoms of nerve damage in the knee?

3 Answers

The most common type of nerve damage in the knee area is what is called a peroneal neuropathy. It causes numbness and/or tingling in the lateral aspect of the calf and top of foot, can also result in weakness lifting (dorsiflexion) of the foot.

If there is concern for nerve damage, there are studies to evaluate for such, named "Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG).
Symptoms may include numbness, pain and tingling in the knee, and weakness of the knee and buckling, especially while walking or going up and down the steps. If you are having these symptoms, please consult with a neurologist.
Nerve damage specifically to the knee is not a neurological problem. If there has been prior trauma or surgery (planned trauma) then the small surrounding nerves can be numb or cause pain. If you have arthritis, that can cause significant knee pain. I would see a physical therapist first to see if a brace would help then see a rheumatologist and then a pain specialist since they can inject your knee and if all else fails I would see an orthopedist.