Thread: crunchy knees.. anyone?!?
8/15/2007 11:15pm, #11
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Many of my joints are crunchy, especially my knees. In my case, it's just the result of years of contact spots against guys who are much bigger than me. It doesn't affect my performance or even cause a significant amount of pain. Hopefully, it stays that way.
8/16/2007 9:31am, #12Originally Posted by spirez
It can indicate loose stuff in the knee (I think that was my case). You won't know until MRI or scoping.Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
8/16/2007 10:30am, #13
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thanks for all the replies everyone.
someone mentioned crepitus, and that's what the naturopathics said. They also said there is nothing that can really be done about it. I'm hoping that is not the case.
the big task that I'm working on now is getting insurance so that I can get an MRI, or see a specialist. I've basically been stuck going to clinics and other places that use sliding scale programs.
Tom, it's kinda tough for me to isolate where the pain is as it isn't really a sharp shooting pain but more of a "oh, my knee hurts". I've pretty much stopped all exercise leg related other then walking and swimming. I'll try and put some marks down and see if I can isolate it in picture form. As of right now I'd say it's at the bottom of the knee more then anything.
8/16/2007 11:06am, #14
I have pretty much the exact same problem as you. I've been riding a bike a lot lately and that seems to be really good exercise for my knees. Should be a mountain/road/racing bike though, because some of my knee problems are actually from wiping out my BMX hehe.
8/16/2007 5:09pm, #15
Cycling is great. Rehab from knee surgery is what got me into bicycle racing.Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
8/16/2007 6:58pm, #16
You've got exactly what I have. I've had my entire life. I've been told by both an army doctor (failed my medical exam because of it) and my family doctor that it is "Patela Femoral" syndrome.
It's hereditary, and there is no cure for it. Basically how it was described to me, is that your knee joint has groves in it, that the knee and the knee cap slide along (medical ppl correct my bad anatomy names). This syndrome results in those groves not grooving so well, so they grind. You can hear my knees from 10+ feet away, easy. Its great for grossing ppl out.
You can strengthen it though. Strengthening the Quad muscle helps aline the knee cap so that is causes less friction. Basically having a strong lower body will keep this from being a problem. That being said, my legs have always been horribly under strengthed and im sure because of this always will be.
I've tried several supplements, none seem to work. Arthritis meds don't work at all (glucosamine, Chondroitin), but anti-inflammatories work when they are sore.
My knees used to hurt really bad but lately I don't notice them at all. Cold weather does make them more noticable though. It comes in spells really. Sometime they are fine, other times they are bad for weeks or months.
Hope that helped.
8/16/2007 6:58pm, #17
and yes, cycling is awesome for leg work/rehab.
8/16/2007 8:28pm, #18
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I agree, cycling is great for leg work... but in my case, I hear my right leg click everytime I pedal... and it's very disconcerning.
Elipson, yeah, it does sound like that is the problem. Unfortunately, it's kind of a double edged sword... since in order to get the leg muscled it's going to take a lot of "grinning through the pain". It might be appropriate for me to say that I used to have very muscular legs, even when I had knee popping. Then I stopped my weightlifting routine a bit, and went with a bodyweight program that involved lots of bodyweight squats, plyometric jumps, and sprinting. It's very plausible that my knees got overused and thus I am in the perdicament I am in.
Another angle of this, is my mother called me today and suggested that I get a limes disease test. As she was speaking with a doctor and mentioned my symptoms and how they started about two weeks after I returned from vacation to Connecticut [the tick capital of the world]. The doctor recommended to my mother I get checked out.
8/16/2007 8:44pm, #19
Crepetus by itself is nothing to worry about.
PAIN is the issue you NEED TO WORRY about.
Do what I asked before and post that marked up pic.
... and, by chance, when did you last buy new shoes?Calm down, it's only ones and zeros.
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8/16/2007 9:12pm, #20
I have crunchy knee too. Absolutely no pain and it's not connected to any injury that I'm aware of. If I listen carefully or put my head near my knee when it's moving and bearing weight it makes a sound like a tightening rope does in the movies.
The articles I read indicate that my knee is fine in the absence of pain but I still planned to have it looked at when I get my insurance squared away again. You've got the pain though and your tests are still negative.
Maybe you've got some irritation or inflamation. I jacked up my shoulder a long time ago and I have occasional bouts of bursitis related to the original injury. Ever hurt your knee?
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