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Throbbing, clicking and popping

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  • Posted By: Josepentia
  • May 9, 2007
  • 00:59 AM

Hello there, I am new here- and I'm hoping someone can please help me. I am a 22 y/o female that has had persistant left knee pain for years now. Only recently has it become so bothersome that I have been to see a DR. My symptoms are these : popping/ clicking (especially when extending the leg- for example when I push in the clutch) swollen at the end of the day, though not in the mornings, constant throbbing, tender on both sides on the bottom of the knee cap and the pain almost feels like it is inside of my knee- if that makes sense to you. A recent event made the pain worse- and more often- my german shepherd came running down the stairs and knocked into the outside of my left knee- causing me to lose my balance as well. Ever since my knee has felt unstable, and very painful. I have used both, or either, the cold or hot methods, advil, motrin and the like, as well as trying to rest the knee with a knee brace. After 4 weeks, I had a return visit to the DR where she sent me for Xrays- here is what the report said (if you could so kindly translate for me?)
"Overall the osseous integrity of the left knee is unremarkable. There is subtle lateral translation of the patella with relation to the patellofemoral articulation which may reflect a subtle integrity loss of the medial retinaculum for which MR could prove more information."

Could someone please tell me what this means?
I am scheduled for an MRI next week w/o contrast- so I will see what happens then. But I would love to have a heads up on what might be going on here.
Thanks in advance,
Jocelyn

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  • Over 40 people read my post, though no one knows what to say? Please if you have any words- help me.Jocelyn
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  • If you are open to it, please try acupuncture. It is extremely helpful for knee pain. Please try this before resorting to surgery. A large double blind placebo controlled study done by NIH showed that this treatment works. Best wishesDOM
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  • I had knee pain + clicking and popping and found out it's called runner's knee. My patella also tends to "translate" laterally. That's what causes the pain. And although it's called runner's knee it's not necessarily a runner's condition. If you do have this condition, it's actually caused by your adductor muscles (above your knee); they're not pulling the patella straight up, but slightly to one side and it becomes inflamed. In my case the condition is caused by my flat feet that made my muscles be a bit out of balance. My solution for the problem was to wear insoles for flat feet and exercise my adductor muscles. I'm good now. For more info check out my blog:http://myflatfeet.blogspot.com/Good luck!
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  • I relate to Jocelyn's pain/clicking of left knee. I am a person who hikes mountains and likes to walk a lot. My calves are strong, but thighs (quad muscles) are not particularly strong. About a month and a half ago, I hiked up a very steep incline too quickly and later realized that I injured my left knee because it continually hurt thereafter. I saw an osteopath, had X-rays . . .and he said that my "bones were normal." He surmised that as long as my bones were normal . . .that I did not have a serious injury to my knee . . .just a strain of (muscles, ligament or tendon?) He did not know precisely. He only advised sustained REST.I finally rested --(it was difficult for me to rest since my main activity in life centers around walking a lot). Also, applied cold packs on knee often. Now, after one and a half months, I am just beginning to feel LESS pain. However, I now experience a lot of clicking in my left knee--when I move my knee. From the last post, I recognize the correlation with my fllat feet, (I was also told that I have extreme pronation of feet/legs). Also, the front bone of my left knee (just below the patella) protrudes further than the right knee. It appears that I was born with my left knee not normal . .as the right one. I was advised to use orthotics (years ago). More recenly, I have come to only wear Merrell shoes that I feel are designed well for supporting women's feet. In conclusion, I now am aware that it is essential that I wear correct suport for my feet and that I be careful to never strain my knee again hiking on extreme inclines.
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  • Hello there, I am new here- and I'm hoping someone can please help me. I am a 22 y/o female that has had persistant left knee pain for years now. Only recently has it become so bothersome that I have been to see a DR. My symptoms are these : popping/ clicking (especially when extending the leg- for example when I push in the clutch) swollen at the end of the day, though not in the mornings, constant throbbing, tender on both sides on the bottom of the knee cap and the pain almost feels like it is inside of my knee- if that makes sense to you. A recent event made the pain worse- and more often- my german shepherd came running down the stairs and knocked into the outside of my left knee- causing me to lose my balance as well. Ever since my knee has felt unstable, and very painful. I have used both, or either, the cold or hot methods, advil, motrin and the like, as well as trying to rest the knee with a knee brace. After 4 weeks, I had a return visit to the DR where she sent me for Xrays- here is what the report said (if you could so kindly translate for me?)"Overall the osseous integrity of the left knee is unremarkable. There is subtle lateral translation of the patella with relation to the patellofemoral articulation which may reflect a subtle integrity loss of the medial retinaculum for which MR could prove more information." Could someone please tell me what this means?I am scheduled for an MRI next week w/o contrast- so I will see what happens then. But I would love to have a heads up on what might be going on here.Thanks in advance,JocelynHi Jocelyn,Your X-Ray results can be roughly translated as following: 1) Overall the osseous integrity of the left knee is unremarkeable: Translation: Your bones are normal.2) The remaining part of the X-Ray can be translated as following: Your knee cap (which sits next to the thigh bone at the patellofemoral joint) sits slightly to the outer aspect of the thigh bone (it should be positioned in the middle) - this may be due to slight loss of soft tissue support at the inner aspect of the joint.The symptoms you are experiencing are likely to be due to a soft tissue injury - the MRI should demonstrate the likely cause of symptoms. Based on your symptoms it sounds like there are a number of possible causes of your symptoms. Your symptoms may be due to a cartilage injury such as a medial meniscus tear (check out the links below), it may be due to subtle damage to the cartilage behind the knee cap due to a condition known as patellofemoral pain syndrome or it may be due to tearing of the ligament on the inner aspect of the knee (medial collateral ligament tear). These in my opinion are probably the 3 most likely causes of your symptoms. Regardless of what your MRI shows - i would strongly recommend seeing a physiotherapist to help with your recovery or if the G.P. thinks it is warranted (based on the MRI results), a specialist.Hope that helps and good luck,PhysioAdvisor
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