Do Your Knees Pop and Snap?

Have you been hearing snapping and popping in your knees while sitting down or standing? Do you wonder where are these noises coming from?

There could be several causes for your snapping or popping knee joints. Here are a few.

  • Rough or uneven articular cartilage – This cartilage covers the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) where the bones meet at the knee joint. This cartilage damage can be caused due to arthritis or an injury.
  • Tendons in the knee can also snap when tightened – This can be caused by the tendon moving over a rough part of the bone within the knee joint.
  • Meniscus Tear – The meniscus is a small pad that provides cushioning between the thigh and shin bone. It can get torn or damaged by twisting the knee in a weight bearing position, during running, sports, lifting, or landing from a fall. The meniscus tear may result in pain, snapping, swelling, and discomfort in the knee, include meniscus tears or cartilage damage or injury.

It’s best to discuss any snapping or popping sounds with an orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix, to prevent any further damage or pain in the future. If you are experiencing pain or swelling especially after a suspected injury, remember that FXRX Inc. specialist provides orthopedic care.

If you are looking for an experienced orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix, call FXRX Inc. at 480-449-3979. As an orthopedic knee and shoulder surgeon in Phoenix specializing in sports medicine procedures, Dr. Sumit Dewanjee has performed hundreds of successful knee and shoulder arthroscopies and other treatments.

Who is a Good Candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a disorder of the knee joint in which the joint cartilage collapses along with the underlying bone. This condition can prevent you from any activities that involve walking, going up and down stairs, or even sitting or lying down. In addition, it causes swelling, discomfort and pain.

Depending on the extent of arthritis, it can be treated using conservative, minimally invasive and surgical treatments.

Conservative and Interventional Treatments

Medications – Medications such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be prescribed to relieve pain. Certain ointments and sprays may be recommended too.

Injections – The knee joint may be injected with medications for lasting and fast relief. Hyaluronic acid may also be injected into the joint to lubricate it and help it move smoothly.

Physical therapy – Physical exercise can help to restore motion in the joint by strengthening the muscles of your knee.

Such treatment options can provide you sufficient relief to move comfortably. If they prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery.

GOOD CANDIDATES FOR KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

In the following cases, knee replacement surgery may be recommended by the best knee surgeons in Phoenix for arthritic, painful knee joints.

  • Conservative treatments don’t show positive outcomes
  • Pain persists for a long time or keeps coming back
  • Severe pain in the knee
  • Restricted mobility
  • Knee becomes stiff on long seating
  • Weather changes cause more pain
  • Pain interrupts your sleep
  • Stiff or swollen knee despite treatment
  • Difficulty in moving, walking or climbing stairs
  • Difficulty in sitting down and getting up
  • Early morning knee stiffness

To know more or to consult one of the best knee surgeons in Phoenix, call FXRX Inc. at 480-449-3979. Dr. Sumit Dewanjee at FXRX Inc. is a Board certified, Fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who is also experienced in orthopedic trauma and provides level I services in Phoenix, Arizona.