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February 14, 2011 8:56 AM
Could anyone tell me if there is anything I can do to help relieve having 'crunchy knees'.
When I exercise (anytype that involves any movement of the legs) it makes my knees make crunchy and clicking noises. It does not hurt much, but I think that is because I try to not push them because then they do hurt.
Would a supplement help maybe?

Thanks for any advice x
  367113
February 14, 2011 9:01 AM
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  3250078
February 14, 2011 9:01 AM
My left knee does when I exericise alot...I am wondering the same thing!
  3478122
February 14, 2011 9:04 AM
I have crunchy knees too....i would love to see if anyone knows how to help this.
February 14, 2011 9:04 AM
This is called chondromalacia patella -- in short it is a osteoarthritis of the knee---there is really nothing you can do about it. If carry around extra weight (as I did ) it will catch up with you and cause pain----I have had Synvisc injections, steroid injections, and physical therapy to no avail. But now that I have taken off 80 pounds, I am feeling less and less pain, but still crunchy---I am just so happy the pain is relieved.
  4592
February 14, 2011 9:05 AM
It means your ligaments & stuff are weak. You need to make them stronger, slowly, but surely. I've had this problem most of my life. Now that I'm a lot more active, I don't have it as often. A doctor once explained it to me as the parts holding my knee cap to my leg pulling like rubber bands and smacking against the bone. That's the clacking noise you hear.
February 14, 2011 9:05 AM
Not too long ago, a physical therapist told my husband that's totally normal and there isn't anything you can do about it.
February 14, 2011 9:05 AM
It's not your knee grinding is it? Have you had soft tissue damage or anything like that in your knee? My knee does that sometimes, but it's swollen and painful. Maybe ice it after exercising, or wear a wrap or a brace.
  3886560
February 14, 2011 9:05 AM
I have been taking glucosamine chondroitin and it has really helped my knees. It's in the vitamin section and it surely wouldnt hurt to try! wink It's working for me! Now if only I could fine something to help my heel spur.........
  1821841
February 14, 2011 9:06 AM
There could be many reasons for the "crunching" but a lot of times it is due to the wearing away of cartilage in your joints.
You may want to try glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplements. Glucosamine helps improve the condition of cartilage, chondroitin helps defend against enzymes that can break cartilage down and MSM is an herbal supplement that acts as an anti-inflammatory. It may take 6 or so weeks to feel the full effects but it may help.
I have also heard of (but never tried) a glucosamine topical ointment, maybe you want to check that out.
Good luck!
February 14, 2011 9:08 AM
If I recall correctly, "crunchy" knees may be due to problems with the cartilage, and you may want to have a joint specialist check it out to make sure you don't make matters worse. If there are mechanical problems in the joint structure, supplements are less likely to be helpful. But here are some possibilities:

http://www.realage.com/tips/help-knees-feel-better-with-this-fruit?click=main_sr

http://www.realage.com/tips/everything-green-is-golden-for-knees?click=main_sr

http://www.realage.com/tips/knee-pain-relief-green-tea-benefits?click=main_sr
February 14, 2011 9:18 AM
QUOTE:

This is called chondromalacia patella -- in short it is a osteoarthritis of the knee---there is really nothing you can do about it. If carry around extra weight (as I did ) it will catch up with you and cause pain----I have had Synvisc injections, steroid injections, and physical therapy to no avail. But now that I have taken off 80 pounds, I am feeling less and less pain, but still crunchy---I am just so happy the pain is relieved.


Chondromalacia, or femoropatellar syndrome, is not the same as osteoarthritis. It is caused by the patella rubbing against the leg bones, primarily the bottom of the femur. It happens when the muscles, tendons and ligaments aren't evenly strengthened. One side is stronger and tighter than the other side so it pulls the patella and makes it grind.

I had it for a while when I was a dancer. I had it diagnosed and treated by two different doctors. The first recommended Aleve, the second sent me to physical therapy. The physical therapy worked and I haven't had grinding or pain in years. Taking glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM can help, but anti-inflammatory drugs shouldn't be used on a daily basis.


But, that's not necessarily what's happening with your knees. I would have a doctor check you out because there are a number of different things that could be wrong with your knees.
  2469411
February 14, 2011 9:29 AM
Thanks everyone for your answers! Will mention to the Dr next time I am there and I will also buy some glucosamine. In the mean time I will turn the music up so I can't hear it lol!
  367113
February 14, 2011 9:30 AM
everytime i ecercise I sound like a bowl of rice crispes
February 14, 2011 9:32 AM
Mine do that, even if I'm laying down in bed and I stretch my legs out. My husband calls it my "Barbie doll knees" because the sound is similar to bending a Barbie's leg. There's no pain and it's been as long as I can remember, so I haven't done anything about it.
  3448608
September 7, 2011 11:30 AM
I have the same problem and it gives me the creeps when I hear my knee crunching..
October 24, 2011 7:11 PM
My wife and I purchased a pair of Z-coil shoes that have helped us significantly. We paid a little over $200 a pair at a store called Jigglin George in Gatlinburg, TN. They have helped her with her heel spur and myself with my "crunchy knee."
Edited by dhadams On October 24, 2011 7:14 PM
August 25, 2014 6:21 AM
It's actually called crepitus. The cartilage in the knee are starting to lose their smoothness and are rubbing against the bone. You need to strengthen your quadriceps to help take the load off the knees. If you start having pain it could mean osteoarthritis is starting to form. Fish oil helps lubricate the joints.

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