Snap, Crackle, Ouch
Posted on December 24, 2018
Do your knees pop and creak with movement? If so, you may be at risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. A study performed by the Osteoarthritis Initiative shows that people who hear cracking, popping or grating sounds when moving their knee joints have a 75 percent greater chance of developing the condition, also known as degenerative joint disease of the knee. If you notice creaking or noisy knees, these tips from the Park Avenue Cell Center can help.
What Is That Noise, Anyway?
The crackle, crack and pop you hear when you move your knee joint has a name: crepitus. Crepitus occurs when gas bubbles form in the synovial joint fluid and pop or break as a result of pressure (from movement) in the joint. Crepitus can affect many different joints of the body but commonly develops in the knees, fingers and hips.
So, What If I Have Creaky Knees?
Crepitus usually develops as a consequence of aging and is frequently harmless. But, if you are experiencing crepitus with pain, swelling, stiffness or difficulty moving, you may have crepitus caused by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that develops when the cartilage that cushions bones in the joints breaks down.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it is time to talk to a doctor. Osteoarthritis can also cause affected joints to feel like they are catching or locking during movement.
It’s Osteoarthritis. Now What?
So, if your noisy knees in combination with other symptoms lead to a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, you have a few treatment options:
Anti-inflammatory medications. Taking anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, naproxen or prescription-level inflammation reducers can help reduce the inflammation in the joints.
Braces. Wearing braces on your affected joints can help give support to your joints and may reduce pain.
Cold therapy. Some people find comfort using an ice pack on arthritic joints to help decrease pain, discomfort and swelling.
Steroid injections. Some individuals living with osteoarthritis opt for steroid injections in the affected joint.
Personal cell therapy. Some individuals find that although the treatments above can work, they only work for a limited amount of time, which can leave patients in pain, frustrated and not living life to their fullest potential. Personal cell therapy offers an alternative to temporary relief because it can give patients the opportunity for real relief instead of just masking symptoms.
Personal cell therapy can repair damaged cartilage in your affected joints, which results in true healing and means less pain for you.
Learn more about how regenerative medicine can help relieve noisy knees and treat osteoarthritis by calling Park Avenue Stem Cell at 888-386-4751 today.