You may have heard your chiropractor mention you have knee mice. Before you spring up the traps or call in the exterminators, here are some facts about what knee mice are and what to do with them.
What Are Knee Mice?
The knee “mice”, as you may already have guessed, aren’t the four-legged kind, and won’t send those faint of heart screaming up the chair in search for safety. However some sufferers of this peculiarly-named condition will find them a cause for alarm.
Knee mice are,simply put,loose bodies made up of fibrous tissues – the same stuff cartilage is made of, and are typically found in the synovial space of the knee (the space between two moving parts of a joint).
In early stages, these so-called mice are usually found floating inside the synovial fluid of the knee joint and typically go on unnoticed until they grow over time and become larger bodies.By the time they are noticed, the problems associated with knee mice may become severe and are known to cause knee pain as they get caught between moving surfaces of the knee. With acute conditions, these bodies are known to cause locking of the knee preventing any effective movement.
The most common cause of knee mice is knee trauma and inadequate healing. Fractures on the knee joint may lead to severe joint conditions and may call for an increasing number of treatment methods for the pain to get relieved. The pieces of the cartilage that get separated from the joint during the trauma will continue to be nourished by synovial fluid and continue to grow.
In essence, your body will feed more “Brie” to what it perceives to still be part of it.
Keen skills of a registered Massage Therapist, Chiropractor or a similar medical professional should be able to discern whether knee mice may exist early on after the injury and prescribe an appropriate treatment. This is one of the reasons why discontinuing therapy too early is never a good idea in the long run.
Repetitive knee injuries during childhood development are also a common cause of knee mice. This is because such injuries can sometimes cause internal micro-fractures of the knee which may end up becoming loose bodies inside the knee synovial fluid.
Multiple formations of the knee mice can also be a result of synovial chondromatosis, which is a growth of abnormal cells inside the joint. This incurable condition is rather painful, but luckily fairly rare, and the least common cause of knee mice.
Setting the mouse traps
Besides a number of surgical procedures for chronic sufferers, a simple chiropractic adjustment can be helpful in aligning the knee and preventing the pain caused by knee mice. A locked knee, for example, may be quite frightening but can be easily remedied by firmly pressing just below the knee cup to align the cartilage.
Of course, this isn’t something you should attempt to do yourself as you can do more damage than good. Let your Chiropractor decide if this is something that should be attempted or whether you need other medical care.
This is simply because these loose bodies eventually will cause more severe conditions. At a later stage, as knee mice get large enough to impact the sufferer’s quality of life, more advanced medical procedures will be required to get rid of them. Surgical procedure is often recommended and may be required when even wafting Gouda around your knees fails to yield positive results.