Knee joint locking

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1) xrays looked fine 2) ACL seems to be in tact 3) when it locks it feels like the the to of the knee joint slides to the right. It almost feels as if things have loosened in there as the swelling from the surgery came down, almost as if the pressure held it together. Is this possible?
This happens due to mal-alignment of the knee cap on bending the knee (and hence any imaging study has to be taken with the knee bent), injury to the knee (you may have sustained it in past), flat feet, over tight or over lax muscles around the knee joint. Other possibilities are bursitis (inflammation of fluid filled sac over joints), tendonitis (inflammation of cords joining muscles to bones) or due to weakness of patellar bone. All these aspects will have to be investigated by your doctor.
I am a 20 year old female and I have never had any injury to my knees but for about the last 8 monthes my left knee has been sporadicly locking up when I am kneeling. It has been happening more frequently and the pain occurs just below and to the left of the patella, in the soft mushy part if the knee is bent. My knee will either make a popping noise (like when you crack your fingers) or it is just very stiff for the next 5-10 minutes.
My knee cap dislocated, and when I collapsed onto my knee, somehow a piece of my femur chipped off. The accident happened for no apparent reason, I was just getting for work in the morning. The doctors were totally baffled as to how a piece of my femur would have chipped off. Lastly, I have been trying to get pregnant for a year with my husband, unsuccessfully. I have all of the tell-tale signs of low thyroid, but had my thyroid tested and it was fine.
cfm Other causes of knee locking are torn medial meniscus, knee cap mal-alignment, osteoarthritis, knee arthritis, torn lateral meniscus, Osteochondritis dissecans - occasional knee locking with instability, Recurrent patella dislocation - may cause knee locking or knee collapse, Chondromalacia patella - occasional locking or knee collapse, Knee alignment problem, Knee fragment or Knee cartilage disorder. Hope this helps. Do not ignore it. Consult an orthopedic specialist.
Hi everyone, The short verion: I have systemic lupus. I had my first knee surgery when I was young followed by many others. My TKR was "lucky #8". Really feel lucky - what a difference it makes in my life!! I even have 127 degree bend :) I'm mid-40 now (6 years post surgery). About 4 weeks ago, out of no-where my knee locked. I saw stars!! Was able to get it back in place (or unlock it) then the pain went away and I was fine. Unfortunately, it keeps happening sever times a day.
recently i had pain in both knees joint 3 month back i visited doctor and was asked to carry out the folowing tests CBC with Vit D3 level and Radiography of both knee joint reports are as folows haemoglobin 13.6, total wbc 5400, esr 254x1000 16mm/hr test 25 hydroxy cholecalciferol (Vita D3), serum by RIA observed value 10.
The day before yesterday and since last night I am having severe pain while moving the knee joint.
The various causes of knee locking are torn medial meniscus, mis-aligned knee cap, osteoarthritis, knee arthritis, torn lateral meniscus, osteochondritis dissecans, recurrent patella dislocation, chondromalacia patella, knee alignment problem, knee fragment or knee cartilage disorder. True knee locking is caused by either a torn piece of cartilage, or a loose bone fragment due to a bone disorder called osteochondritis dissecans.
My right leg turned right from the knee joint and my left leg turned left at knee joint. I heared the crakle sound. I do have small pain near the right knee joint / knee cap. Whereas I do have more pain on the inner side of left knee joint. I had scheduled an appointment with Orthopedician next monday. Meanwhile I had regular scheduled physical therapy, who examined and said I might have rapture / strained the ligament.
Do weight beraing to the minimum as give the knee joint enough opportunity and time to recapitulate and heal.
A meniscal injury is the commonest cause of a locking knee. A good physiotherapist should be able to diagnose you. An MRI of the knee would be the next best thing if a soft tissue injury (as i have outlined above) was suspected.
Recently I was kneeling, both knees on the floor, and upon getting up my right knee suddenly had a loud pop/crack and sharp pain. For a while I couldn't move my knee and I waited out for pain to lessen. It did after about 30 minutes. But following days I found that if I move it wrong or bend too much, or put weight on it while bent, it kinda locks. After a moment or two, though, it passes and I can straighten it again.
Can you tell me when this pain is more? Do you experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? When did your pain begin, what were you doing at the time, and what were the initial symptoms? Grinding is characteristic of osteoarthritis; locking and catching are characteristic of meniscus injuries and osteochondritis dissecans (meniscus injuries are much more common than osteochondritis dissecans); and giving way is more characteristic of ligamentous injuries.
Can you tell me when this pain is more? Do you experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? When did your pain begin, what were you doing at the time, and what were the initial symptoms? Grinding is characteristic of osteoarthritis; locking and catching are characteristic of meniscus injuries and osteochondritis dissecans (meniscus injuries are much more common than osteochondritis dissecans); and giving way is more characteristic of ligamentous injuries.
When this happened it was extremely painful and when I finally straightened my knee there was a loud pop. After that the back of my knee seemed alittle swollen and was sore for the rest of the day and most of Sunday. I had some tenderness and some instability going up and down stairs. I went to my doctor to get it looked at yesterday however my knee seemed fine and I didn't seem to be having anymore pain. So it was hard for her to diagnose what was wrong.
Your pain behind the tip of knee cap suggests that it is at joint line. Pain at the joint line is the result of a collateral ligament or meniscus problem (or both) until proven otherwise. Your symptomatology of injury while at party while dancing suggests the symptoms could be due to meniscus problem. I assume you had pain, swelling without any popping sound after you had fallen. I think it is the meniscus issue which is causing still the symptoms.
Other treatments include knee caps and braces, taping the patella to reduce friction, anti inflammatory drugs, custom designed foot wear to correct arch problems if any and rest to the knee joint and applying ice packs. You need to avoid postures where knee is kept bent for long. Please consult a sports injury specialist for this. Take care! The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you.
RICE protocol includes; Rest to the part (ankle and knee), ice therapy, compression of ankle and knee joint to decrease swelling and finally elevation of the involved leg to decrease the swelling. Keep me informed if you have any queries. Bye.
The various causes of knee locking are torn medial meniscus, mis-aligned knee cap, osteoarthritis, knee arthritis, torn lateral meniscus, osteochondritis dissecans, recurrent patella dislocation, chondromalacia patella, knee alignment problem, knee fragment or knee cartilage disorder. True knee locking is caused by either a torn piece of cartilage, or a loose bone fragment due to a bone disorder called osteochondritis dissecans.
Vague, poorly localized knee pain, as well as morning stiffness or recurrent effusion. If a loose body is present, mechanical symptoms of locking or catching of the knee joint also may be reported. Quadriceps atrophy or tenderness along the involved chondral surface is noted. A mild joint effusion may be present. Kindly see an orthopedic surgeon in this regard. If you have any further queries do get in touch with me.
First you have to find out whether the muscle wasting was the cause or the effect of knee locking or knee pain. Generally weakness of the inner thigh muscles and tightness of the outer thigh muscles causes the knee cap to move from its place and cause knee pain and knee locking. This could have happened in your case if you have a localized muscle wasting only.
I would suggest you a proper examination of your knee joint. You would need to test your quadriceps and the other ligaments like the collaterals, cruciates and menisci to rule out any problem. The locking may be due to the menisci and there is another muscle involved called a popliteus. A proper examination near an orthopedician is necessary. Take care!
Does he experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? Are there any positions that make his knee more or less comfortable? Has he tried anything to help his pain and, if yes, has that been successful? Has he ever had surgery on his knee? Does he have any hip or ankle pain? His other symptom of stabbing and aching pain suggests that he might be having nerve compression either at the lower back or at the level of knee. Keep us posted with your answers. Bye.
Do you experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? Grinding is characteristic of osteoarthritis; locking and catching are characteristic of meniscus injuries and osteochondritis dissecans (meniscus injuries are much more common than osteochondritis dissecans); and giving way is more characteristic of ligamentous injuries. Are there any positions that make your knee more or less comfortable?
Do you experience any grinding, locking, catching, or giving way of the knee? Are there any positions that make your knee more or less comfortable? Have you tried anything to help the pain and, if yes, has that been successful? Have you ever had surgery on your knee? Do you have any hip or ankle pain? Keep us posted with your answers. Bye.
5 years i've felt a constant burning (sometimes stabbing) pain which is mainly behind my knee cap, and at the top of the knee cap (where the thigh meets the knee), it also clicks and somedays feels very stiff. this pain fluctuates every day, and some days it will feel almost fine, some days i will be in agony, both of which sometimes stick around for months. excercise is STILL extremely difficult due to pain levels and my knee sometimes locking up.
I ran 10 miles yesterday in regular tights without any tape and found 3 small bruises (finger point-sized) along the medial joint line last night. My knee is stiff and painful today underneath the knee cap where the pes anserine tendon inserts and to the inside of the knee cap (medially). I also have pain in the middle of the back of the knee, is especially sharp if I push into it.
Debridement or lavage refers to an arthroscopic "clean out" of the arthritic knee. Sort of a D & C of the knee. This is the surgical procedure that is being adrressed, not meniscus surgery If the meniscus tears are degenerative, and they are not acute; that is, if they are not the cause of your symptoms, then there is no indication to address them. Also, I think your surgeon likely recommended removing the damaged meniscus, not repairing it.
Crepe bandage/ knee braces may be useful for limiting the mobility around the knee joint. OTC NSAIDS may be helpful in providing pain relief as well. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
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