grinding noise starting 9 months afte...

grinding noise starting 9 months after TKR

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SJB

Weymouth, MA

#1 Oct 10, 2011
I had bilateral TKR in January and have been working hard to regain my mobility. I just started to have a loud grinding noise in one knee when I bend it (or if I am riding a bike). The noise does not occur if someone bend the knee for me. Any suggestions? The other knee does not have any of this, but I can't quite straighten that one.

I have gone back to the gym and have been working with a trainer, then the noise started.

There is NO pain with this, but I don't want the joint to be wearing wrong.

Any advice????
John

Crystal Lake, IL

#2 Jan 7, 2012
I don't have any advice but I am also 9 months out and just started to have grinding and some pain when getting up. I have zero pain when walking. I'd like to know what's going on, but it doesn't seem sreious enough to set an appointment with the doc prior to my one year check-up.
mell

Milford, MA

#3 Mar 6, 2012
you said that it doesn't make that noise when someone moves your leg for you does it do it when you move your leg in and out when you are laying down? cause i have been having the same problem.
Owen

Russellville, AR

#4 Mar 7, 2012
I am an OS. The grinding is likely the normal metal and polyethylene articulation. If it is painless....don't be concerned.
Carol

Port Townsend, WA

#5 Jun 10, 2012
SJB wrote:
I had bilateral TKR in January and have been working hard to regain my mobility. I just started to have a loud grinding noise in one knee when I bend it (or if I am riding a bike). The noise does not occur if someone bend the knee for me. Any suggestions? The other knee does not have any of this, but I can't quite straighten that one.
I have gone back to the gym and have been working with a trainer, then the noise started.
There is NO pain with this, but I don't want the joint to be wearing wrong.
Any advice????
I, too, had the grinding noise it was an indention in the replacement knee which my tissue had grown into, my Surgeon shaved off the growth with arthroscopic surgery and I have yet to find if this will grown again.
Julie- adelanto ca

La Puente, CA

#6 Jun 11, 2012
I had a TKR 19 months ago and the grinding and poping started 2 months ago dosen't hurt , I have good movement but this is annoying and am worried it will wear out hate having to go back to dr but I also thought mabe there is some growth going on or wearing wrong
Lucy

Whistler, Canada

#7 Jun 13, 2012
Help! TKR four months ago and out of the blue a horrible and audible crunching noise. I was cycling and thought I had gravel in my tires! It is annoying and feels like it is under my knee cap, on one side. It doesn't happen when someone else moves my knee, but if I bend it more than 90 degrees, especially getting out of bed, it crunches. It gets worse when I bike. I have 135 degree bend in that knee and have been cycling easy hills for about a month now. Any thoughts?
Joanie

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 15, 2012
I had left TKR 11/2008 & right TKR 5/2011. All was fine until about April 2012 when I felt/heard grating,crackling sound & pain when straightening right leg and rising from a sitting position. Now both knees are doing the same thing with bending, in any position. I have an appt. with my Ortho. surgeon at end of the month to find out what he thinks. Prior to this development I had healed well, had amazing ROM and did alot of walking, elliptical work-outs etc. Incidentally I had first TKR at age 48 and am "double jointed" in many joints. This forum and similar ones are very helpful and educational.
Lucy

Whistler, Canada

#9 Jun 15, 2012
Thanks! I am quite discouraged. I am a very active sixty and had TKR because of a car accident thirty years ago. I have no pain right now, thankfully but that noise is horrible. My ortho was quite dismissive; didn't think it was unusual. He just told me to cycle a bit less often. Please let me know what your surgeon tells you. I am considering getting a second opinion.
Phill

Warrington, UK

#10 Aug 4, 2012
I had knee total knee revision in jan this year after my replacement came loose.The problem is now my knee crunches an swells up and very painful.Seen my consultant he going to try pain killing injection for the pain and swelling anybody else have any ideas what's going on in so much pain.
julie-adelanto ca

Phelan, CA

#11 Oct 8, 2012
went back to my ortho dr he said the noise , crunching, rubbing sound was due to scar tissue if it starts to restrick movemeny or pain and swelling he could go back in and remove the scar tissue . I don't have any pain it's a little tight n noisey. lol ,I will just wait for now I asked about using my elliptical he said that would be good also walking
julie-adelanto ca

Phelan, CA

#12 Oct 8, 2012
went back to my ortho dr said the noise and crunch n rubbing sound was due to scar tissue that if it gets restrictive or painful he could remove scar tissue, so I will wait for now
Lucy

Whistler, Canada

#13 Oct 9, 2012
It's now been eight months and the grinding and swelling are just as audible and uncomfortable. I have been for two consults, had a CT scan too. It seems I will have to live with this scar tissue. I was told that if there was an attempt to remove the tissue it might make it worse, and require another TKR in a few years. No thanks!
I am now able to hike up very steep grades for close to two hours, so that's a positive. Cycling is restricted to 15% grade or less but I can live with that.
It's the noise that is grating and annoying, but no pain. I still ice my knee in the evening. I have come to accept that active people need to learn to live with some discomfort.@Joanie, what did you discover at your latest appt? Your symptoms are exactly like mine!
Donna

United States

#14 Nov 18, 2012
Phill wrote:
I had knee total knee revision in jan this year after my replacement came loose.The problem is now my knee crunches an swells up and very painful.Seen my consultant he going to try pain killing injection for the pain and swelling anybody else have any ideas what's going on in so much pain.
I have the same problem! Very unhappy about having surgery now. Dr said he removed a very large bakers cyst from behind the knee while in surgery but have heard they are quite common. My knee swelling and heat goes down after I rest it while sleeping but when I get out of bed it pops and grinds so loud that I feel certain others can hear it then the same thing happens, the swelling (pocket of fluid) appears and feels like a pressure band is almost cutting off circulation and begin feeling it down the calf sometimes. The popping and pain seems to be more on the outside front area on the knee while the fluid forms on the inside area in front. I had my surgery 14 months ago but this started maybe 6 months ago but seems to be getting increasingly worse.
Donna

United States

#15 Nov 18, 2012
I have the same problem! Very unhappy about having surgery now. Dr said he removed a very large bakers cyst from behind the knee while in surgery but have heard they are quite common. My knee swelling and heat goes down after I rest it while sleeping but when I get out of bed it pops and grinds so loud that I feel certain others can hear it then the same thing happens, the swelling (pocket of fluid) appears and feels like a pressure band is almost cutting off circulation and begin feeling it down the calf sometimes. The popping and pain seems to be more on the outside front area on the knee while the fluid forms on the inside area in front. I had my surgery 14 months ago but this started maybe 6 months ago but seems to be getting increasingly worse.
Lucy

Whistler, Canada

#16 Nov 18, 2012
My crunching, popping and pain are also on the outside front area, and like you the noise is annoying. I still ice my knee every evening. I am quite frustrated and believe that I was mislead before my surgery. It seems to me that TKR is best for those who are sedentary. I guess I am just going to have to live with this.
Donna

United States

#17 Nov 20, 2012
Lucy wrote:
My crunching, popping and pain are also on the outside front area, and like you the noise is annoying. I still ice my knee every evening. I am quite frustrated and believe that I was mislead before my surgery. It seems to me that TKR is best for those who are sedentary. I guess I am just going to have to live with this.
The swelling and pain is increasing and has me very concerned because it is so hot and swellon by evening. I am fearful of added complications. If I had known what I know now, I would opt to have suffered the bad knee. It's getting harder and harder bend it deeply. I feel like I'm regressing rather than advancing!
pamela

Welwyn, UK

#18 Feb 23, 2013
Is nine months since total knee replacement and everyone i bend my leg i have a horrible audible ripping sensation in my knee. I have lost over three stone in weight since the operation and i can walk better then before but the weight loss has not stopped the noise or helped with the soreness.
Lucy

North Vancouver, Canada

#19 Feb 23, 2013
pamela wrote:
Is nine months since total knee replacement and everyone i bend my leg i have a horrible audible ripping sensation in my knee. I have lost over three stone in weight since the operation and i can walk better then before but the weight loss has not stopped the noise or helped with the soreness.
I have been told that I have an abundance of scar tissue built up under my kneecap. It is annoying, and bothersome to say the least. It is not going away. Apparently the surgery to scrape away the scar tissue is only successful 50% of the time. My surgeon said that if things become much worse, he would perform that surgery in four or five years time.
I am learning to live with it; not pleasant at all. The bonus of course is I am much better at steep hikes, more solid than I have been in years.
Bill

Lewes, DE

#20 May 20, 2013
I had my TKR one year ago. I have skied all my life and skied 3 months, 2 hours a day, just this past winter - no pain when I ski (because the knees are flexed) but walking to the lift and back after skiing is painful. No pain when walking up an incline but pain walking down. I also have popping in the joint when walking but no pain - some grinding behind the knee cap also. No problem in riding the bike. I sometimes get down mentally on myself for not being better. After reading some of the entries on this forum, I feel better. I don't feel like the Lone Ranger - seems there are a lot of you not doing so well. I will settle for the skiing and bike riding and just ignore the walking. The doctor says that it will get better of course and maybe it will. I am 72 so it better be soon.

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