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Offline shaunartis

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question about weight loss / knee problem
« on: January 18, 2011, 07:56:20 PM »
Hi i currently have a problem with my right knee ..
Clicking sounds when i move it fast . and pain on the left side of my right knee and crunching when i cup my hand on it and move my knee ..
etc

If i lose weight would my pain decrease and start to feel better as im kind overweight

thanks

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 08:04:28 PM »
It certainly won't hurt to do so, especially if coupled with knee friendly exercise like cycling.  I lost a lot of weight last year and although my knee troubles haven't gone, I feel fitter and better (I can't say of course if my knee would be worse still).  Your knees take a hell of a pounding full stop, and this is worse if you are on the heavy side (I think I saw a stat that going upstairs your knee has to put up with the pressure of 4-8 times your bodyweight or something).

Does the knee hurt when it clicks, crunches?  If not, it is probably not as concerning and strengthening your leg muscles can only help. If you are unsure what is up with your knee, you really should go see your GP and get a referral to a specialist / or physio. If the problem is ongoing, or getting worse, it is unlikely to get better on its own without you doing something about it :)
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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 08:21:49 PM »
Hi thanks for that info , no it doesnt hurt when it clicks but after it crucnches and i do it loads of times it does then a bit lol .Im already waiting to get an MRI scan from my hospital.it hurts when im walking up stairs or down stairs etc and its starting to affect my left one also .

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 08:23:38 PM »
p.s i really hope it isnt a torn acl

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 08:34:35 PM »
Have you had a twisting injury where you could have torn your ACL?  Did you have lots of swelling with that injury?  A specialist or physio should be able to tell from testing your knee if there are any ligament issues.  Do you have instability in the knee?

Go and have a read through the information hub, some excellent stuff in there about different types of knee injury/problem.  Grinding etc is more indicative of cartilage wear I think, perhaps behind the kneecap - maybe you have a tracking issue if it is now starting to affect both knees - although compensating for the 'bad' one could certainly lead to soreness in the other.  I would avoid doing anything that causes the crunching and grinding especially if it leads to pain/inflammation!  ;)

How overweight are you - a few pounds or many kgs?  If the latter, losing some will certainly help
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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 09:32:32 PM »
Na it wasnt a twisting injury , Someone kicked me in my knee it was swollen after it happned ..i know this sound silly lol but whats a tracking issue ? .. yeah i do try lol im always bending them and stretching them .. when i stretch my bad one out all the way it feels like pulling on the back of my knee : )

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 09:40:33 PM »

Tracking issue could mean that the knee cap doesn't glide smoothly in the groove in which it sits and this can cause wear as the surfaces rub together - hence best to not try to make it crack / grind ;)

This kick you sustained was years ago, no?  Could have nothing to do with your current issues or it could have everything to do with them!

You really need to see a specialist (as someone said in another of your posts) as no one on here can definitively tell you what is wrong as your symptoms aren't especially specific to any one cause (and even then...).  The tightness could be muscles, tendons, ligaments or skeletal or a simple lack of flexibility but you need a doctor to diagnose this - the MRI may or may not show much :)  What does your GP think is going on - you must have seen one if having the MRI?
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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 09:51:48 PM »
Aww i get you : ) .. yeah the kick i sustained was around nearly 5 years ago now . im 18 at the moment.Yeah i seen a GP she said theres no pain etc they gave me a number for physio and i am waiting for them to get back to me to have MRI scan .Does any of my sypmtons look like a torn acl to you : ) ?

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 09:59:58 PM »
I don't think so from what I have read on here, but not very knowledgeable.  I managed to do several things to my knee when I chucked myself off my bike but not damage ligaments.  Normally, twisting or pivoting or a very awkward fall is to blame for an ACL tear - why footballers / skiers are prone to them. 

Have a read of this from start to finish to get some info

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/1761

Not sure why you think it may be the ACL -  - is that what the GP said? 

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 10:46:00 PM »
yeah i understand what you mean , i just hope it isnt a ligament cause im currently trying to get fit for the army : ) .. i just looked at that link thanks
I dont know why i think its an ACL but what i want to know is what that clicking noise is coems from back of my knee when i move it quite fast back and forth : ) Na the GP didnt say anything just gave me a number for physio x

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Re: question about weight loss / knee problem
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 10:55:12 PM »
I assume you called the physio and are keeping chasing for an appointment  ;)

Good luck with it  :)
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up















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