Help with knee problems?

My knees are terrible, moreso my right one. Whenever I bend them, they crack. If I make a bicycle motion with my leg, my right knee cracks every time and it feels terrible. I can’t keep it bent for long periods of time (thats what hurts the most), especially when I’m sitting "pretzel style". I constantly feel like I have to straighten my leg when I’m sitting down, and I really never noticed I do it quite often until recently.

I’m only 17 years old! Freshman year I had a stability brace on my knee for a while, but I don’t remember the doctor every saying what exactly was wrong. That or I just don’t remember.

I really haven’t been paying much attention to this because I have tennis elbow and radial tunnel syndrom in my right elbow and I’ve been going to therapy for that and may have to have surgery soon! I don’t even play sports =/ but I guess the elbow can be from being a musician. But not the knee!!

Anyone know what might be wrong? It hurts mostly on the outside. =/

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  1. no_dirt_on_my_shoulder, 03 February, 2010

    in my unprofessional opinion would say ligament damage. sounds like may be overall issue and would have your doctor work with you on it and check out all major joints. maybe a lack of a vitamin or mineral. or something more serious

  2. Amy, 03 February, 2010

    you might have arthritis or restless leg syndrome. The best thing you can do is not sit on your legs. And make sure if you sit for long periods of time to always stretch every so often.

  3. Tristique, 03 February, 2010

    Hi,

    I think you may have some calcium build up around your joint & cartilages. I have bad knees too sometimes when I go down stairs they crack and are painful. I have been using a supplement called Glucosamine & Chondroitin with Manganese and Vitamin C. I am amazed at how it helps. It can be found at the health food stores or drug store.

    My brother had laproscopic knee surgery (which is the minimally invasive type of surgery) and he also had it on his shoulder to eliviate the pain he was having. It may be a sort of arthritis, which is very common. For me, and some of my friends…the supplement really helps and it is harmless, but you might call and ask your MD if he would approve before you try it.

    Good Luck,
    Tristique

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