Knee Cracking Sound

Crepitus is a medical term that describes a joint's popping, clicking, or crackling sound. People usually notice crepitus in their knees, but it can also happen in other joints like the shoulder, elbow, or neck. Crepitus is generally harmless and occurs when air seeps into the soft tissues around the joint. Osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, torn cartilage, and joint replacement. Exercise, diet, weight management, nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy may help manage symptoms.

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Is it normal to hear knee clicking in 6-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 6-years-old. His height is 1.5 feet, and his weight is 44 lbs. He is becoming thin for the last two years despite eating well. Over the previous six months, he has had clicking sounds from his knees during any knee movement. I have seen such knee clicks in people above 60 years ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your questions in detail. The first thing that you are concerned about is the clicking sound at the knee joint. Clicking sound usually comes from the air bubbles in the joint. The clicking sound is usually normal, but if there is pain during joint movement, sw...  Read Full »

I have knee pain and hear some noise while walking. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had pain in my knees and some noise while walking. I had taken some tablets for the same after consulting a doctor, but it was of no use. Kindly suggest some medicines.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The pain in your knee joints and some sounds could be due to bony surfaces rubbing against each other. Please provide an X-ray of both knees (anterioposterior, lateral, and patellofemoral views), so I can let you know the treatment. Anyways, ...  Read Full »

Why do I have severe knee pain in the middle and lateral region with frequent clicking sounds?

Query: Hello doctor,I am experiencing sharp continuous pain in my knee all over the medial and lateral regions. It is sore even to touch, hurts more after exercise or prolonged movement, and sometimes I even hear clicks. I have attached my knee MRI. Please help me with what needs to be done.  Read Full »

Dr. Ismail Mikdat Kabakus

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your knee MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) (attachment removed to protect the patient's privacy) and understand it. 1) I see an abnormality in the posteromedial (in the back and towards the middle region) aspect of your knee. There is a small tear within th...  Read Full »

My knee joints make noises but it is not painful. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. Three to four months ago, my knee joints started to make noises. But it is not painful. And, when I drive for a long time and get out of the car, my left knee, which is used to press the clutch, has a sharp pain. But, it is only once when I first step outside ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your X-rays (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have medial compartment osteoarthritis with a possibility of spontaneous osteonecrosis of the left knee (SPONK). Check SPONK in left knee. You need to do an MRI scan and I would also sugge...  Read Full »

How can knee pain be prevented?

Query: Hello doctor, There is dull knee pain while standing and walking for one month. What can be the cause of this?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury or some other medical conditions including arthritis, patellar tendinitis, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, knee bursitis, torn meniscus, gout, and infec...  Read Full »

Is there a way to treat Osgood-Schlatter disease in both my knees?

Query: Hi doctor, I have Osgood-Schlatter in both knees and have had it for three years now. Should it be healed by now? Is there anything you can do to fix it by surgery? My knee is not stable and giving way. I have been to more than 20 physio appointments for my knees to strengthen the muscles around, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Osgood-Schlatter is a problem of the apophysis of the tibia where the patellar tendon attaches. It is a painful condition and is treated with local therapy and activity reduction till the patient stops growing. Usually, the pain settles down at that stage, but the bump...  Read Full »

I have had pain in both knees for one and a half years. What could be done?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 36 year old male who weighs 69 kg. I have a desk job with no physical activity during the day. I am doing exercises regularly though. I have a pain in both knees since one and a half years. It started gradually. Now, there is a cracking sound while squatting or doing yoga. I am u...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you take the following tablets: Tablet Ibuprofen 400 mg twice a day for 10 days after food. Tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg in the morning for 10 days before food. Tablet Shelcal (Calcium) 500 mg in the morning for 30 days before food. Tablet Vitamin D 60000 IU once...  Read Full »

How to stop having a knee-cracking sound?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old female. My left knee cracks when I bend my legs. The cracking does not happen when I walk, and it occurs only when I am doing a workout. For example, when I use a rowing machine, my knee pops a lot. I would like to know if there is anything to worry about and problem...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Crackling is not a problem if you do not have any associated pain with it. But if you have pain, then you need to take care. It can be due to mild wear and tear of the structures in the knee joint. If there is no pain, then all you need to do is the following exercise. ...  Read Full »

How do I treat noisy knees and painful joints?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noisy knees with painful joints.   Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In all the joints, there is presence of joint fluid and cartilage end. When the fluid becomes dry due to age, then joint friction is heard during the bending moment. Sometimes joint cartilage becomes rough and again crackling sound is heard.  Read Full »

Why do I get pain and crackling sound on my shoulders and knees?

Query: Hello doctor, From the age of 20s, I used to get cracking sound on knees. For the last three to four years, I am getting pain in my shoulders, especially while driving or working long hours in front of the computer. I have switched to auto gear car and reduced to minimal driving, which helped a lot....  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from shoulder pain with cracking sounds. Such cracking sounds may result from cavitation, the release of gas from fluid or spaces from within your joint, bursitis, labral tears, or your...  Read Full »

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