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Popping noise in my knees(4 posts)

Popping noise in my kneesGrahamalicious
Oct 7, 2003 8:36 PM
Out for my ride today, and i notice a popping sound. I thought that it was my cadence sensor rubbing the crank magnet, but it was my left knee. i could feel it when i placed my hand on my knee, and it was after the top of the pedal stroke.

I don't have the best pedaling form, but i'm working on it and i'm keeping my cadence at 90-110 RPMs.

I'm 21, and i injured this knee about 10 years ago (twisted it and the knee cap popped in and out of place and some parts broke off of it, but it healed)

My saddle is at a good height, and i tried raising it and lowering it on my ride, to no avail. I just got back into riding after about a year and ahalf of no riding, and this never happened before.

does this happen to anyone else? i don't have insurance right now, so seeing a doctor is out until i can get a new job. Should i stay off the bike until i can get this looked at?

any advice would be great....thanks
Sounds like your quads are tight...High Gear
Oct 8, 2003 1:50 AM
Stand straight bend your knee, pull your foot all the way back till it touches your butt and hold it for 10-15 seconds. I get this too once in a while. The sports doc told me that the quad gets tight and pulls the knee cap off alignment. Doing this stretch should help stop the popping.
yes, and don't screw with itcyclopathic
Oct 8, 2003 9:09 AM
I end up with 8 weeks of therapy and year and a half later still have problems.

First, if it doesn't hurt it is o'k to ride; limit your riding to easy spin gear, no load and no long rides; keep it under 45min-1.5hr (basically stop before it becomes noticeable and uncomfortable)

Second, stretch stretch stretch, esp hamstrings and lower back.

Third, do Suzan Summers thighmaster exercises. You don't actually need thighmaster; under-inflated basketball (or any other ball) would do.

Forth massage knees and surrounding tissues, may use heating cream (Bengay, etc)

Last (and most important) see sports doctor and go to corrective physical therapy as soon as you can. You have disbalance btw muscle groups and pushing may result into permanent damage to your knee.
re: Popping noise in my kneesRom12_1-2
Oct 8, 2003 4:41 PM
Could be a meniscal tear (cartilage b/t thigh and leg bones in knee). If not having pain, if it were my knee, I would wait and see what happens. If pain or swelling, rest and see doctor. S