Jerry Wade used to love bird-watching with his wife, an avid birder.
"I'm not a birder myself, but I like being active and getting out there
with her," he says. "Bird-watching puts you into natural areas and some
rough terrain -- it's not an easy physical activity."
But in the fall of 2005, the 66-year-old Columbia, Mo., resident, who had
retired in 2000 from a career in community development, started noticing
"pains and twinges" in his knees. A visit to his doctor in January 2006
An object, such as a dislodged
piece of hardware from a previous surgery or a foreign object from a
Inflammation or decreased blood supply
(avascular necrosis) to the bone and cartilage, which may cause the bone to
separate from the cartilage (osteochondritis dissecans).
Symptoms of a loose body in the knee joint may include:
Locking of the knee that comes and
Pain and swelling of the knee that comes and
Being able to feel the loose body by touching the
Ongoing (chronic) stiffness.
Your doctor may order a test, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan,
or MRI, to help find a loose body. Surgery to remove the loose body or repair
the kneecap may be needed if a loose body is causing symptoms.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David Messenger, MD
August 5, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 05, 2011
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