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    What type of specialist do I see if I have crepitus in the knee?

    My condition has deteriorated a lot in the past few months.

    I would like to see a specialist to examine and determine what exactly my bone density status is, how serious the crepitus in the knee is and what can be done going forward?

    I am desperate to get fit again but don't know what I can or can't do to manage the situation or even build stronger bones. I do not want to end up with double knee surgery like my mother who is now almost immobile and only able to walk very short distances. I just don't know which specialist would be the best to approach with my condition.
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    Graduated in 1997 from the Uni of Melbourne and have studied extensively the problem shoulder. Also have interests in knee, foot and ankle, and wrist ... View Profile

    Hello,

    Crepitus itself is not a issue that you need to be concerned about.  If the crepitus is associated with pain or instablity at your knee then the crepitus is significant.

    Bone density can be assessed at many pharmacies.  If it is found to be low on their scan then a visit to your GP for a more accurate assessment would be necessary.

    As for what you can do for your knee, see a physiotherapist. We are trained to assess and manage any musculoskeletal knee problems.  A physiotherapist will be able to advise you on what the best exercise would be to strengthen your knees as well as your hips.

    Hydrotherapy is also a very useful option to allow you to strengthen your knee if weightbearing exercises are aggravating.  Again, a physiotherapist is able to demonstrate what you can do in a pool to strengthen your knees and help your pain.

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