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Offline pomo2000

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Knee clicking, symptoms
« on: October 24, 2004, 07:53:52 PM »

I have an injury in my left knee, and subsequently put too much weight on my right leg to protect it. Now my right leg also hurts. I asked the doctor but he said it was just a strain. I'm wondering if anyone knows if it could be anything else.

- Feeling of clicking in the front of the knee when fulling extending knee sometimes. Was worse, like all the time, but now just sometimes
- Pulsing sensation in the back of the knee, maybe feeling my pulse in some blood vessel
- Top of the knee cap sometimes sore
- Knee cap seems more loose than my other knee (can move it around more with my fingers)
-  Left side of the medial femur at the join feels sensitive

Not exactly pain but more like discomfort. Feels more comfortable when I bend it about 45 degrees.

Had it x-rayed but the doctor said it looked fine.  

I would like to rest it for several weeks, but impossible since my other leg is injured. I use crutches but inevitably I end up straining it.  

Am I being paranoid? It's been 4 weeks. I was hoping it would go away, but like I said, I have not been able to give it as much rest as I'd like.

Is it just strained? Muscles or tendons? Or something with the meniscus or joint? Any advice is appreciated!

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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2004, 08:23:08 PM »
Hey !!

Have you tried antiinflammatories for it and some support like a brace or bandage ? Maybe if you are on crutches for long time and need getting around pretty much you can lend a wheelchair to use outdoors, like when going to the store. I've been there myself having problems with the other knee when jumping around to much. Good luck !!

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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2004, 10:29:52 PM »
If your doctor says you are fine and has no diagnosis yet you feel this much pain, it is time for a second opinion.  It could be arthritis, torn cartilage or just muscle strain.  Four weeks is a while when theres "nothing wrong" so I say keep bugging the doctor's offices in town.  Good luck
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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2004, 04:16:05 PM »
I would get a second opinion, clicking of the kneecap when extending could be a sign of maltracking which could lead to further problems and arthritis if not corrected, I would definately get another opinion and get it checked out by a specialist in orthopedics.  Good luck.

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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2004, 06:35:58 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. I talked to two orthopedists about it and I was told it was "strained". The worst part is that since I'm on crutches, I can't give it much of a rest!

It's not in pain, but just uncomfortable. Difficult to explain but my leg feels best slightly bent.

I looked up some of the suggestions here and it sounds like it might be a patellar tracking problem. One reason is that a brace seemed to help, so maybe it is holding the knee cap in place. So I am going to try the recommendations for that -- quad strengthening, bracing, rest, ice -- for a few weeks and see if it helps.

Thanks again!

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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2004, 06:20:42 AM »
I had a injury many years ago and walked around on it for over a year limping, then when I finally found someone who would listen I had damaged the other knee by "straining" it.  I have maltracking in both knees and now have further problems due to previous surgeries and severe chondormalacia, the damage was already done by the time I got my first surgery.  I agree, get that second opinion.
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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2004, 07:24:51 AM »
I am not sure, but my physical therapist says that clicking is a result of swelling and fluid.  I would just keep it elevated if i were you. And alternate between warm and cold compresses. I hope you feel better.
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Re: Knee clicking, symptoms
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2004, 01:26:02 PM »

I agree with your last post, however two extra things:

1) I went through this a while back, it did go away [knock wood] but it lasted many months [probably cause I favored it, weakening it more]

2) Some light bracing [like ace bandage type] might make it "feel" more stable, & that's okay, but heavier bracing might discourage use which might be counter productive to working the quads