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Mark V
02-20-2007, 01:41 PM
Had some good advice from here before, so I thought I'd try for some more!

My right knee seems to be giving me some problems - when I go upstairs it seems to 'click' or 'pop'. I think it's audible, but my wife couldn't hear it! Doesn't hurt, but I'm kind of concerned. Should I be? What would cause this? :confused:

By the way I posted about Glucosamine a while ago because of this.

SUAREZ CORPORATE
02-20-2007, 01:43 PM
Sounds like a meniscus injury.

a) Get an appt to see an orthopaedist.
b) Get an MRI (which may require pre-approval by insurance)

Cold War Scout
02-20-2007, 01:51 PM
Had some good advice from here before, so I thought I'd try for some more!

My right knee seems to be giving me some problems - when I go upstairs it seems to 'click' or 'pop'. I think it's audible, but my wife couldn't hear it! Doesn't hurt, but I'm kind of concerned. Should I be? What would cause this? :confused:

By the way I posted about Glucosamine a while ago because of this.

That was the exact beginning of what ultimately led to torn meniscus surgery in my right knee. An MRI will confirm it.

The symptoms will only get more pronounced. What is quiet today will be loud enough for everyboy to hear you walking down the hall in 6 months. It will not get better of its own volition.

Mark V
02-20-2007, 01:55 PM
I take it, that it's likely to need treatment rather than just getting better then...?

Al Lipscomb
02-20-2007, 01:56 PM
They thought I had a torn meniscus and did an MRI, it showed the problem (easy to see) but when the doctor got into my knee they discovered a missing ACL. It was strange.

In any case get to a doctor. Unless proper treatment is started it will only get worse. The earlier into the problem the less damage to the knee.

Mark V
02-20-2007, 02:03 PM
Glad I asked then! Wish me luck with the NHS...

Shdwdncr
02-20-2007, 02:24 PM
Glad I asked then! Wish me luck with the NHS...
Good luck. And do go to the doctor pronto.
I started experiencing knee problems a few years back and being young and stupid I thought that they would eventually go away.
To make a long story short, by the time I did go to the doctor it was too late.
Now both my knees are so messed up that I can't even run anymore.
And, for a big-time soccer fanatic/player like me, not being able to run is torture. :(
Hope your problem is not major and can easily be fixed.

S.

michael
02-20-2007, 02:42 PM
I agree with Bama and the others--get to a doc, and don't wait.

Dont Tread on Me
03-09-2007, 08:44 PM
YMMV but here is my experience. I had the click/pop thing in one and then both knees. It was worse after I'd been sitting for a while. It started off mild and took about a year to get to the point where I could not run and found walking uncomfortable.

My primary care physician (your GP equivalent) had no idea and just gave me exercise to strengthen my knees. I saw a sports doctor who analyzed my walking and running and identified flexibility problems in my calves which was causing strain on my knees as they tried to compensate. A simple stretching program latter I'm fine. I'm running daily again and don't fear stairs.

Now don't get me started on the NHS. People bitch about the cost of medicine here in the US but I got a to see a top sports specialist two days after calling up. My Mother in England waited 18 months to see an eye doctor for cataracts.

Best wishes from a former Surrey resident (Croydon).

molossus
03-10-2007, 05:06 AM
Mark V,

Again sounds like torn meniscus. I've had two arthroscopies on my left knee. Still clicks but the pain is now gone.I know of a good surgeon at Kingston hospital if you want his details. He specialises in this type of surgery.


Best wishes from a former Surrey resident (Croydon).

I live a couple of miles down the road (Mitcham). :)

Regards
Rich

Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny
03-10-2007, 06:00 AM
By all means check with a doctor-- but remember when what you have is a hammer, the tendency is for everything to look like a nail. A guy who does knee surgeries tends to prescribe , , , knee surgeries.

I'm with Ca-Brit.

"Knees are escape valves for hips" Sarah Petitt

This accords with my experience. When hips are tight/misaligned, knees get overworked/distorted. I would make the first of the experts that I consulted one who specializes in alignment and movement.

Mark V
03-21-2007, 02:40 PM
Just noticed the new posts on this. Thanks for the help gents. Interestingly, ca brit, saw a doctor who sent me off to a Physiotherapist. Recommended exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knees... Do you think a sports doc would be a good idea then? Don't want an op if I can help it (Physio didn't think it was that bad at the moment)

dtom29
03-22-2007, 05:01 AM
i've had 3 knee scopes, two on the left, one on the right, getting more and more bone on bone. its just a matter of time till i have knee replacement but i've been hitting the gym 3 days a week and i've had phy. ther. i've found that getting the whole leg in shape makes all the difference in keeping the knees in good shape.

Dont Tread on Me
03-25-2007, 04:29 PM
Interestingly, ca brit, saw a doctor who sent me off to a Physiotherapist. Recommended exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knees... Do you think a sports doc would be a good idea then? Don't want an op if I can help it (Physio didn't think it was that bad at the moment)

Mark - in my case it took seeing a sports doc to get the prescription to see the physical therapist (American for Physiotherapist). It was just flexibility for me but I was already doing knee stabilization work in my regular weight training routine.

It sounds like you are on the right track. I personally prefer trying a conservative solution before considering anything invasive. The next step for me would have been steroid injections into the knee to reduce the inflammation and only then surgery.

the spaniard
03-26-2007, 04:31 AM
Mark V,would you mind giving me advice of exercises to strenghten the muscles around the knee?
I f****d mine a few years ago doing quadriceps extension and now if i do it again even with light weight it hurts a lot.
Thanks.

Mark V
06-07-2007, 01:32 PM
I know I posted this months ago, but I went upstairs last night and couldn't work out what was different. Then I realised - no clicking from my knee as I climbed the stairs. A few sessions of physio and some shoe inserts and it seems to have been all sorted out. I was so shocked, I woke my wife up to tell her. Didn't go down too well... :eek:

Dont Tread on Me
06-07-2007, 04:23 PM
Glad it worked out for you. I had the same experience and I'm back to my running etc. I now really appreciate the value of my knees!

Cold War Scout
06-07-2007, 04:26 PM
Congrats. Meniscus surgery is no fun. Only time in my life that I needed morphine.

Doug in CO
06-07-2007, 05:32 PM
There is a clicking that can come from tendons strumming off of the side of the knee. It's from radically rolling your feet when you walk. I get it from time to time when I let a pair of running shoes live to long. I roll my feet to the outside way too much and when the shoe breaks down, it screws with my knees.

Mark V
06-08-2007, 09:17 AM
Thanks for all the advice. Still can't quite believe it's worked out. Thought I was going to need an op.

peregrine
06-09-2007, 10:30 PM
By all means check with a doctor-- but remember when what you have is a hammer, the tendency is for everything to look like a nail. A guy who does knee surgeries tends to prescribe , , , knee surgeries.

I'm with Ca-Brit.

"Knees are escape valves for hips" Sarah Petitt

This accords with my experience. When hips are tight/misaligned, knees get overworked/distorted. I would make the first of the experts that I consulted one who specializes in alignment and movement.


These were my EXACT thoughts.
if all you have is a Hammer everything looks like a nail, also there's a reason the average surgeon makes 250k plus a year.

Same thing with the tight muscles including with the hips. Tight muscles cause problems that become more pronounced if flexibility isn't worked on.

Congrats on the outcome.

btw i think there should be a knee and shoulder thread/sticky. For prevention and experiences.

zen4
06-10-2007, 05:20 AM
I'm a physical therapist and it sounds like a slight tear of the meniscus. Check for tenderness on the outside and inside of your knee at the joint line. Does it feel like you need to "pop" it to make it go straight??? Do you feel any instability or pain when your foot is on the ground and you twist slightly? That means you have a small piece of meniscus that is getting caught in the joint space. Very poor healing in the area, since there is virtually no blood supply for meniscus. Check with your Ortho. Sometimes the condition will resolve with rest, and leg strengthening, but a minor operation is possible which, if you are in good shape should not be a big problem...recovery is quick and fairly painless.........:) O, and BTW, I would recommend phyiscal therapy first.....:D I always recommend the best sports ortho in your area. They usually know how important it is for a jock to get back to sports and treats you like you want to go back and do what you love........and I totally agree with the former advise to get those hips more flexible. The knee is your weak link IMO, and getting more hip movement will take the stress off your knee..........