- "My crunchy knees"
What does it mean when your knees make a crunching noise? Can hear them mostly when i get up for my 3am p1ss but thats probably cuz its quiet. Sounds like someone’s emptied a packet of walkers down me axminster.. scary! Perhaps a good service and re grease ‘ll sort it, how hard can it be?.. Now how do you get this dust/knee cap off…..Posted 9 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
I have two knees (am I unique)
one is slightly crunchy, the other is very crunchy. I had the very crunchy one operated on a couple of years ago. it went smooth. It’s now crunchy again. It also ‘cracks’ a lot and is so loud that it actually wakes the wife up at night!Posted 9 years ago
She says it needs looking at agian. i can’t say I want another op on it – it was sodding painful. I’ll just carry on with the dull ache, occasional semi collapses, etc for a while longermountain chubMember
Take loads of Glucosamine and Bio-Selenium – loads! It’s like extra body-friendly joint lube or something (perhaps a sports scientist could back me up on this one)! My dad takes it and I’ve started too as I don’t fancy knee replacement surgery before age of thirty! Only three years to go then 🙁Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I never quite believed the idea of air pockets, surely the results would be excruciatingly painfull, like the bends?
The physio said that 95% of noise from knees/any joint is tendon rubbing on bone, mostly harmless unless its becomes inflamed/painfull, which means your doign too much excercise/not flexible enough.
So when you knee ‘pops’ its often the ITB or kneecap tendons settling back into their groove. The noise is because the load on the tendon/ligament is often several times your bodyweight turns it into a very thick, damped, stressed guitar sting.Posted 9 years agoPikeBN14Member
I went to the docs a few years ago with the same thing, I must have been somewhere around 34 – 36, he gave them a prod and poke, agreed they were pretty noisy, asked if I’d played much football/rugby (which I hadn’t) and said his were far less noisey and he had!
That was about it, very helpful!!
I was concerned they were destroying themselves and might need ‘cleaning out’ he said as I wasn’t in pain he couldn’t see a surgeon wanting to operate.
I might not be in pain but it makes me want to vommit when I walk up the stairs!Posted 9 years ago13thfloormonkMember
I had a visit from an old ailment a few nights ago.
I woke up with a pain in my left knee which was slowly getting more painful. However, trying to move or straighten my knee was even more painful! I had to sort of gently move it back and forth before eventually straightening it.
This used to happen to me quite a lot, but i always forgot to tell the physio about it. Anyone suffer the same?
I wish mine were healthy though, still have a hankering for a game of squash now and then…Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
There are (IIRC) 3 sources of noise from joints.( all put very simply and its years since I learnt this stuff
The noise of the bone ends rubbing together due to arthritis / wear on the cartilages meaning you have a rough bearing surface – this is the creaking noise
Popping of bubbles of vacuum / dissolved gas in the joint – as the joint moves in certain ways the effective volume of the joint space changes lowering the pressure – this can lead to small bubbles of vacuum forming then collapsing. this is a sharp "pop" with no obvious alteration to joint movement
A "click" as ligaments / tendons slide over each other and momentarily catch and release
If there is no pain associated with it is is usually benign. Pain means trouble – go get checked out.
As for the glucosamine / chondrotinin – there is no scientific evidence IIRC for this doing any good. No benefit proven in double blind studies. However the anecdotal evidence is that it does do some good and there is no evidence of harm so ther would be little to lose by taking it.Posted 9 years agofbkMember
TJ – I thought there had been some fairly conclusive large scale double blind studies done on Glucosamine, suggesting that it did indeed have mild anti inflammatory properties and some clinical response? Some of the other claims (encouraging healthy synovial fluid production etc) are obviously more difficult to prove
Regardless, it’s really popular and we get really good responses in animals to a prolonged course (>4-6 weeks).
I’d definately recommend it, possibly with Chondroitin Sulphate. You seem to need to take it daily for a while before seeing any improvements though.Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
FBK – I think that there is some evidence it works but it is far from conclusive. studies as usual are contradictory and often badly flawed in their methodology. My position would be open minded scepticism.
As for anecdotal. I have mild osteo arthritis. Taking it in recommended dosages for six months made zero difference to me. Cod liver oil increased pain noticeably. Perhaps I didn’t believe enough?
However as there is no great evidence of harm being caused ( far less harm than Ibuprofen for example) then I shall sit on the fence and say take it if you want.Posted 9 years agochicoMember
years ago i suffered aching knees and joints pre biking. playing 5 a side and gym. I then took glucosamine, it took about 3 months to start working but it does work and ive never suffered since. i took up mountain biking last year and dont have any pains yet. start on about 1500 to 2000 mg a day and once effective drop to what ever suits you i take 750 a dayPosted 9 years ago
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