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Offline Bobbyald

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Advice needed
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:10:58 AM »
Hello Ė I need some advice please.

Iím 45 and my knees have been clicking for years now however a few months ago I started to get pains across the front of my knees (approx middle). Usually this happens when a leg twists slightly preventing me from putting any weight on it. This only lasts for a few seconds and then I can walk normally, although it aches for days afterwards, and I get reminder pains when climbing stairs etc.

This occurred originally in my right knee but has now spread to both. I went to the doctors when this first happened (6 months ago) but I didnít get any real answers and need to go back.

Last summer I cycled to work every day (25 mile round trip) and originally thought that this was the cause but my knees have now had 6months rest and are worse than before.

Any advice would be welcome.


Offline Astreas

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Re: Advice needed
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2006, 09:57:51 PM »
Hi there. You have non-specific knee pain that could be many things. Go back to your GP with more details about your knee condition and if necessary ask for referral to a specialist or physio. Don't be fobbed off - you're concerned enough to see them and post on here so it's obviously bothering you. A good GP should have no hesitation in referring patients with conditions outside their area, generally they only know a little about musculoskeletal problems (but lots about refusing that repeat prescription or doling out antibiotics for viruses)† ;D

To your GP your symptoms may present like general 'wear and tear' associated with your age (knee cartilage degenerates over time).† Have you gained weight recently (extra pressure on joints) ? Do you do any other regular exercise? A specialist / physio will ask you lifestyle questions, and do some assessments. It could be a biomechanical imbalance originating from your feet for instance.

Clicking knees can be many things, often to do with cartilage. But sometimes clicking is normal, like standing up form a squat position - it's just an air bubble popping in the fluid around the joint. Try and identify what specifically triggers the pain; for instance you may get no pain walking upstairs but you do if you carry something heavy while going upstairs. Did you still have the same amount of discomfort doing the 25 mile cycling, or has it ocurred since you stopped? Cycling is good exericse being non-weightbearing and it can keep roughened joint surfaces of the knee smooth.

Hope this helps and good luck† :)
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