Welcome to the second part of the series that aims to make you more knowledgeable about knee pain. In this post our topic is understanding knee pain symptoms. Another way of thinking about it is to ask what are the warning signs that something may be wrong with your knees. My mission is to give you an insight as to the different ways you can hurt your knee and what you should do to get better. If you missed the the first part you can catch up here.
Meanwhile, let me ask you a question. Do you have noisy knees? Do your knees make a weird noise that sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies when you twist or bend? Is that accompanied by a whole lot of pain that make you shout some bad words? Here’s the deal. If your knee suddenly pops or makes a loud cracking noise you have most likely suffered a cartilage tear or injury to the ligament in your knee. So, yeah, you can be forgiven for being agitated. That said, noisy knees are not the freakiest of knee pain symptoms—not by a long shot.
When Knees Give “birth” to Pebbles and Twigs
Consider the case of knees that give “birth” to pebbles and twigs. This is not the usual way of talking about lumps in your knees. However, it is becoming more common than the traditional explanation. So, I’m going to spend quite a bit of time on this odd phenomenon. This should add to you better understanding knee pain symptoms.
first, let’s look at the traditional explanation of how you can get lumps in your knees
Lumps in Your Knees and Understanding Knee Pain Symptoms
It’s not usual for young adults and even teenagers to complain about lumps in the knee. This condition often forms after a growth spurt. This is what happens. A huge amount of tension which gets placed on the tendon just below the knee cap and this can often damage the bone, resulting in a lump. The lump is normally seen on the top of your shin bone. Okay, so much for the scientific explanation. Now let’s look at how what is becoming more common—-yap, knees giving what I call “birth’ to pebbles and twigs. How’s that? Well, keep reading to appreciate this a angle on understanding knee pain warning signs.
Consider what a hiker had to say about how he got his odd condition. There’s a a small lump in his knee since he was in high school. A few years ago he finally got the courage to go in. Yikes. He sliced, diced, and removed…it was a damn pebble. Let’s take a closer look at exactly how this step into the weird can happen.
The Birth of a Pebble in Your knee
It usually happens when someone is hiking. They can either scrape their knee or have some nasty bushes leave an unwelcome gift. It can also happen as a result of a hard fall. Let’s examine the three scenarios. first up is a hiker telling his story:
“My gut tells me I scraped my knee in gravel and then for whatever reason missed one such pebble that then got absorbed by my body while the healing went down. I got it out over the course of weeks. I kept squeezing the node like a whitehead. Squeezing and squeezing. It just felt like something was there that shouldn’t be. Then I just got obsessed with cutting my knee open to see what the hell it was. My thought was some sort of scar tissue. By the time I got the slice open and the tweezers in, I knew it was something foreign.”
The Birth of a Twig in Your Knee—Not Pretty
I don’t want to discourage anyone from hiking, but here’s a cautious lesson if you plan on trekking through some wild bushes. Consider what happened to this poor guy. All I can say is ouch! As the man tells it:
“I was hiking in the mountains of Arizona and spent a lot of time walking through manzanita bushes. They are tough little bastards with really brittle but strong wooden branches so it scrapes the hell out of your legs (and shreds your pants) but if you hit a twig head on it can stab you.
Anyway, I come home from that trip and my legs are covered in scratches and scabs. 3 months go by and this one scab near my knee just won’t heal. It’s ugly, turning green and leaking pus. Finally one day I had enough and started picking at it. Turns out, under the scab, there was a length of manzanita twig about half an inch long embedded in my leg. Some pus and finally some blood flowed out of the hole and it started to heal after that. It was a glorious feeling pulling it out though. Not that it hurt that much, it was just nice expelling a foreign body.”
Case of “dried blood” That Was a Pebble
When you get injured, you need your blood to solidify and clump together at the site to help stop bleeding.The color of the blood can turn black and just be a icky bump—or not.
This is what I’m talking about.
A woman in her early 20s,weighing about 130 pounds, took a hard fall. The damage was mostly on her right knee. The immediate result was a wound large enough that it covered most of her knee. “I sort of washed the wound out – I was queasy and essentially just splashed water on it, then took a shower. I have since taken to covering it with large sterile pads (7.6 cm x 10.1 cm) that I change at least once daily.”
Here is where things get in a bit funky. She noticed “this black bit on the wound—I mistook it for dried blood, and didn’t think much of it. Today I fiddled with it and, to my surprise, nudged it out of my knee. In fact, it was a small pebble that had been embedded in there for almost a week.
She reports that “in its wake, it left a hole that is fairly small in diameter, but also fairly deep.”
The big question that you may have is what if the expelled pebble leaves a deep hole in the knee. Will you permanently have this hole?
If there’s no sign of obvious infection now, it probably won’t happen later. It will heal, but it will take some time.
When it comes to knee pain no two people are going to experience the exact same symptoms. There are many causes of knee pain and we will take a look at some of the major causes and symptoms which they produce as the series goes on. Pebbles and twigs embedded in knees may sound bizarre, but it happens enough times that it was worth looking into.
That said, swelling on the knee caused by pebbles and twigs can result in pain and embarrassment. However, they are often not a concern for urgent care. This leads to the question as when to seek urgent care. You should go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center if you experience a traumatic knee injury accompanied by a popping sound at the time of the injury—-Yes , that would also include your knees making noise like a bowl of Rice Krispies—Not to worry. By the end of this series understanding knee pain symptoms will be second nature. Meanwhile, here is a video that does a good job informing you when a knee injury needs to be examined and treated by a doctor.
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