Knee Popping Problems with Some Relief Tips
There are 3 kinds of knee popping problems (Crepitus) which are more common than you think. For the most part, the popping in your knee is more annoying than dangerous. Still, it’s always best to know what the sound is especially if you feel pain.
Knee Popping and Pain Free
If you are experiencing knee popping with no pain you can probably assume it’s due to the soft tissue (Ligaments and Tendons) in the joints. Sometimes the knee cap (Patella) is a bit out of alignment and rubs on the adjacent tissues. This can cause a popping sound in your knee. Another common issue is gas bubbles in the knee. When there are changes in joint pressure, cavitation or gas bubbles form a cavity in the joint fluid and make a popping sound. This sound is usually painless and occurs when you move your knee joint. It’s similar to cracking your back when you twist.
Most doctors agree that these issues aren’t serious in nature. However, if you are experiencing pain contact your medical professional.
Knee Popping from an Injury
There are four ligaments in the knee:
1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) stabilizes front-back knee movements & can be sprained or torn if the knee is hyperextended, twisted or bent. It’s a common sports injury that occurs when there is a hard stop or twisting of the knee.
2. Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) also stabilizes front-back knee movements & is an injury that’s the least common in the 4 ligaments.
3. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) supports side to side movements & can become injured when there’s a pushing force on the outside of the knee inward.
4. Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) also supports side to side movements and can become injured when there is a pushing force on the inside of the knee outward.
For mild to moderate cases use the RICE method for injuries (Rest, Ice, Compress & Elevate). You can also take NSAID’s (over the counter pain medication) to relieve some of the discomfort. However, if the pain is severe or doesn’t go away after applying the above methods contact your medical professional immediately.
Knee Popping with Recurring Pain
There might be 1 of 3 reasons you are experiencing knee popping with recurring pain.
1. Meniscus Tear: The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee. If a small piece from the tear gets in your knee it can cause pain associated by sound.
2. Arthritis: The most common arthritis in the knee is osteoarthritis. As the cartilage wears down, the cushion between the joints is lost and the bones start to rub against one another causing a popping sound in the knee. Read Your Arthritic Knee: 10 Tips for Happiness for relief.
3. Chondromalacia Patella (Runner’s Knee): The soft cartilage under the knee cap (patella) can cause friction with the femur (thigh bone) and cause knee popping with recurring pain. Read more about chondromalacia patella here.
If your pain is moderate then ice, over the counter medication and rest will help greatly. In addition you can elevate your knee and wear a compress or brace for added relief. However, if the pain is severe or doesn’t go away after applying the above methods contact your medical professional immediately. If you are a runner or are very active read 10 Knee Pain Running Tips for relief.
What kind of knee popping issues have you suffered and how did you relieve the pain?
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