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Knee Cracking: Do You Need to Be Worried About Pops and Cracks?

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Knees making popping noises when you squat down or go through the full arc of motion, unless causing pain or swelling, is harmless. If you experience pain then get this treated. It could be Meniscus tears- caused by sudden, acute trauma, such as twisting while playing sports or Cartilage injury/wear or Knee crepitus, underlying symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA).

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Quite a lot of people start worrying about their knees making pops and cracks sound. In most cases, knee cracking is not indicative of any underlying problem. Many people have knees noises when they squat down or go through the full arc of motion. But when the cracking or popping is accompanied with pain or swelling, then it should be treated.

Why Does Knees Make Noise?

As we age, cartilage, which is the tissue that covers the bones can develop uneven areas. When we squat or stand, the sound comes from these rougher surfaces gliding across each other. The same sound could also emit from another tissue called ligaments that connects one bone to the other.

Also while aging, gas can build up in the areas surrounding the joint, forming tiny bubbles in the synovial fluid. When you bend your knee, some of the bubbles burst, and ligaments may snap or pop. This is normal, and happens to everyone from time to time.

[Read: Knee Osteoarthritis: Early Signs And Prevention]

When Should You Worry?

If you have cracking or popping that does cause pain or swelling, it can be a sign of:

– Meniscus tears, which is often caused by sudden, acute trauma, such as twisting while playing sports.
– Cartilage injury or wear.
– Knee crepitus, another term for cracking and popping sounds, is one of the common symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). It also can be one of the symptoms of rheumatoid or infectious arthritis, and may accompany several different types of knee injuries.

Treatment

Crepitus is harmless and needs no treatment when it isn’t caused by disease, injury, another condition, and doesn’t hurt. But, when pain accompanies a crunching sound in knee, treatment will depend on the underlying cause. In rare cases, surgery or joint replacement may be necessary.

 

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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148 comments
Deborah Stinnett-Williamson
Deborah Stinnett-Williamson 5pts

I don't see the type of sound that my knees make. It sounds like crackers and sand when I squat down. It's loud enough that other people can hear it.

ohioscanner
ohioscanner 5pts

I think I need a knee replacement by my Dr. wants me to try shots and physical therapy first, which I have been doing for about 6 mos. I got another shot in my knee last week but it's not helping this time. Dr. thinks I should try laparoscopic surgery next but the people I've talked to say that's a waste of time. I'm in a lot of pain right now. My pain kept me awake and I couldn't get comfortable. What do you think? A 61 yr old female in Ohio. Thanks.

Sho Osa
Sho Osa 5pts

Thank you indeed. So far, I can manage it. I am enforcing legs mascles by machines also learning Yoga .

Kat Strawser
Kat Strawser 5pts

Arthritis and bone DeGeneres is something I have and yes it is very painful and worrisome. Something I will live with my whole life. But at least I've been blessed with love n a life for my children.

Shipra Singh
Shipra Singh 5pts

i have knee noise problem (without pain normally, but sometimes it pains like a flash) since i was 13. is it normal?

Mandy Nijjar
Mandy Nijjar 5pts

It could also be due to weight or lack of walking. If you are exercising...then maybe you are over doing your stretches ....which is not a good thing.

Ankit Parikh
Ankit Parikh 5pts

Thanks for sharing. I was concerned about pops and cracks from knee (without pain). Visited an orthpedic doctor and was told exactly the same. Thank God!

Surinder Kaur
Surinder Kaur 5pts

I'm only 42 and feeling some kind of stretching in my both knee. A little bit pain. When ever I walk I feel my knee.my calcium is normal then what else another couse of this pain

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

These problems do occur with age! Sho Osa but for any help regarding this you can contact our experts! Please ask your questions to our experts here: https://www.curejoy.com/askaquestion/ , Whatever you post here is strictly confidential and only seen by expert Ayurveda doctors.

Lisa Baldonado
Lisa Baldonado 5pts

Yes.. I have water in my knees\U0001f623 it really hurts man. I don't know what to do

Sho Osa
Sho Osa 5pts

Feel pains at right knee some time. Can not avoid them since they are acause by ages.

Andrea Beacock
Andrea Beacock 5pts

Having both knees replaced, I can honestly say that it is vital to have your knees looked at

Karen Harvey McCluney
Karen Harvey McCluney 5pts

My knees have popped & cracked since I was 8 years old. Just had a knee replacement. So yea it's a red flag.

Sonia Paryani
Sonia Paryani 5pts

They can also be caused by dehydration....among other things. Try drinking enough water for a few days and seeing if there is any difference. You'll figure out if it is for lack of being hydrated or not!

Rowena Kay
Rowena Kay 5pts

I like Dania's comments and will try it. I know coconut is healthy.

Rowena Kay
Rowena Kay 5pts

Yes, but I learned weak ankles can cause knee pain. Stand on your tiptoes for 20 seconds at a time.

Joshua Hildebran
Joshua Hildebran 5pts

Robin Gragg Rudisill we had this convo today what a coincidence