If you are experiencing a clicking sound in your knee, or feel a "clicking sensation", generally this condition is related to Chondromalacia Patella (CP). CP is the situation in which the cartilage located underneath the kneecap becomes deteriorated and significantly weakened. Known to occur in younger people, it is the result of overexertion and overextension while exercising. If you have had a previous instance of a broken leg, dislocation, or any other knee injury, you are likely predisposed to CP.
Some of the more common indications that CP has set in are:
- Frontal knee pain while sitting
- Knee pain that gets worse while ascending stairs or getting up out of a chair
- A crunching sensation when the knee is used
If you are experiencing knee discomfort which causes your knee to lock in place, this could indicate a meniscus tear(MT). A MT is generally associated by pain which affects only one side of the knee.
Because this problem finds its origin in the cartilage of the knee, an X-ray is used to determine if CP is present and also helps to determine whether the problem may be arthritic.
It is strongly advised that you consult a physiotherapist before attempting treatment yourself. This is because various types of exercises can cause unnecessary stress on the area, and may worsen your case. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, can help in alleviating pain and slowing the rate of irritation, until such a time that you can come in and see us.
Physiotherapy is generally recommended, as this is a problem with the knee and its relation to the femur. This abnormal behaviour of the knee is caused by incorrect motions between the femur and the tibia. In order for the condition to be corrected fast and effectively, physiotherapy is in order.
Physiotherapy may also be complimented by prescription drugs, which will help regenerate the bad cartilage, and facilitate movement in the joint.
Naturally, particularly strenuous physical activity is to be avoided while being treated for CP - until all discomfort subsides. Also, activities which require the knee to bend often should be avoided.
CP generally improves quickly when maintaining a consistent pattern of therapy, especially when partnered with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. While it is rarely needed, surgery for CP is available and usually effective.
If you find yourself exhibiting the symptoms of CP, or need a diagnosis of something more serious, come on in to SportsPhysioSA to get a professional assessment of your situation, and find the most ideal solution to alleviate your problem.
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