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Why is there a clicking in my knee?(9 posts)

Why is there a clicking in my knee?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 2, 2003 12:56 AM
When I get up from sitting down with my legs at approx. 110 degrees (20 degrees below parallel) as I push up like I'm doing a squat my knee will click. Is this bad? Its not painful and doesn't do it when moving my knee without any weight on it or when sitting up from 90 degrees.

re: there are tons of possible causes... but...Akirasho
Jan 2, 2003 3:39 AM
... as the old saying goes, time wounds all heels...

Biologics 'tain't perfect, and as you age, your body will probably become it's on orchestra, playing a veritable symphony of pops, clicks, whirls, gurgles and glops (as remarkable a self maintaining machine the human body is... things do wear... and wear out)... most are benign, but if symptoms (pain and/or swelling) develop beyond... check with a sports med specialist.

FTR... my knees literally click and pop while at rest... settling like an old house I guess (repaired torn menisci in both knees, with degenerative arthritis in the right.... arrrrrgh).

Be the bike.
same hereweiwentg
Jan 2, 2003 4:06 AM
no explosions yet. why not not worry about it until it gets bad, or ask a sports orthopedic surgeon?
Maybe It's Your Bottom Bracketjromack
Jan 2, 2003 7:45 AM
Actually if there is no associated pain/swelling there is nothing to worry about.

A lot of times it is bits of damaged cartilege.
re: Why is there a clicking in my knee?rrodrigz
Jan 2, 2003 7:51 AM
Nick, it might be anything from a little outgrowth of synovium (the lining membrane of the joint) that gets caught as your knee joint is going thru its rotation, to a "loose body" fragment of cartilage(less likely from your history). Making a diagnosis online by a doctor is a suspect process at best, taking advise from a non MD online is, well... go see an orthopod. Let me know what he tells you. He should take a good history and manipulate your knee pretty well before ordering an MRI. Good luck, but take care of it.
for me...gtx
Jan 2, 2003 9:27 AM
After struggling with this one for approx fifteen years, I solved it through a new stretching program. These people claim that when your quad gets too tight (common with cyclists), it pulls the kneecap down too tight over the knee joint, and you get that fun crunchy feeling. After a week or two of their stretching program (which is quite abit different than the common hold and burn method) my old problem disappeared completely. After 15 years of knee weirdness, I haven't had so much as a twinge in over a year. Here's their book:

I think a lot of people rush into surgery too quickly. Have you seen this study?
re: Why is there a clicking in my knee?african
Jan 2, 2003 9:46 AM

I have something like that. It started after some long running while training for Ironman. Everytime I bend my knee at about 30 degrees there is a click. You can even see the parts move inside. It is on the outside of the knee. Apparently this is from a tight IT band that is sliding over something and it clicks as is moves over some part in there. I have been told that it will go away and the only thing you can do is to strech to try and help the tight IT band. Since the Ironman in November I have only run twice and the clicking has almost gone, but it still does it. Mine does not hurt and I ran the whole marathon at Ironman with the clicking and it did no harm.

So I presume you might have tight IT bands, a trip to a massage therapist might help to loosen you up.

beware of well intentioned adviserrodrigz
Jan 2, 2003 11:47 AM
Nick, these folks are very nice and genuinely trying to help you, but before trying any of their advise, GET A PROPER DIAGNOSIS. I am a surgeon and have seen many disasters from people taking advise from somebody who "had something like it" before seeking qualified medical advise. The reason medical training is so intensive is so the doctor can discern between the many "something like its" to the specific anatomic problem. Many different disease processes can sometimes masquerade as a single symptom. Massage therapy, stretching, etc may be perfect for one condition but not for others. Just be sure you get the right diagnosos before instituting therapy.
Jan 2, 2003 1:18 PM
Thanks everyone for the advice. RR your right I should go to a doctor about it. I was just trying to figure out whether I should even be worried about it or not... its just a little disconcerning hearing my knee pop like that and even though my gut feeling is it is nothing I still don't like it. To be safe I think I'll schedule an appointment in the next little while.

Thanks again,