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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I get cracking sound in knee when I climb stairs. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Age: 60, Height: 5'3", Weight: 66 Kg I slipped 3 weeks ago stretching my left leg. There was pain on the left side of my left knee joint and below. I was able to walk but whenever I bend my left leg a crack/pop sound comes from the left side of knee joint followed by pain around t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Mahajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have degenerative changes in your knee which can cause crackling sound of knee. I believe your injury had caused some swelling and inflammation which has been tackled appropriately. Injection given act as a lubricant which usually decreases the crackling sound. S...  Read Full »

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