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The grinding is described as "crepitus," and it is indicative of damage to the cartilage joint surface of the knee. Usually, the patella, or kneecap, is the part of the knee that has the damage. The cartilage is the smooth, gliding surface tissue that lines the ends of our bones in all the joints in the body. When the very slick, but delicate surface layer of the cartilage is damaged, the cartilage tissue starts to break down. As the process continues, the surface becomes rough, like a gravel road. We perceive this roughness as a grinding sensation that can be felt and/or heard.
Simply having crepitus does not mean you need to have your knees replaced. In fact, I also have crepitus in my knees, and I am really not bothered by it at all. The important point is pain-- is the grinding painful, or just a nuisance? If it is just a nuisance, nothing more than maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is required to promote the health of your knees. If, however, the grinding is painful, then you should seek out a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee problems. You can then discuss treatment options like medications, braces, physical therapy, and injections before embarking on knee replacement surgery.
Kenneth Brooks, M.D.
feeling grinding on stairs. You should have xrays to evaluate if you do
Then a treatment plan can be made
Audible sound was going up and down the stairs without pain is something that may be an early sign of arthritis but is typically manage just with strengthening. Once the pain starts to interfere with your life there are many options to treat this in a nonsurgical way. We always resort to surgery as a last options. Oftentimes a simple injection can get u back up and running for 6 months to a year. We are happy to help you here at Lourdes 856-796-9393.
In case of grinding, the treatment could be special physiotherapy with exercise (Medical training treatment - MTT) to rebalance the knee function and intra-articular injections of Hyaluronic Acid (Viscosupplementation).
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However, a good therapy program and an evaluation could help you avoid further degeneration. Pls go to www.MichaelLimMD.com to schedule an appointment.