Should you worry about clicking knees?Its not unusual to get the odd clicking noise, but how to you know when its something that you need to get treated?

Most of the time it is absolutely nothing to worry about.

There are several things that need to be considered:

  1. Frequency. Basically how often does the noise happen? If it happens infrequently, then it may just be one of things and little notice needs to be taken. If it happens all of the time, then it may need to be examined.
  2. Popping or cracking. Popping is not unusual and is frequently caused by bubbles in the Synovial fluid which lubricates our joints. Cracking or grating can be a sign of a more serious condition. There are perfectly normal explanations for these noises, but occasionaly they can be a warning of an underlying condition linked to Arthritis.
  3. Pain. If you get pain, then it is almost certain that some form of damage has occured. Try not to do the movement that is causing the issue. However, persistent pain is a sign that there is a problem.
  4. Swelling. This is similar to experiencing pain. Inflammation shows that your body is reacting to damage or perceived damage.

Your doctor is the surest place to get a diagnosis. Generally where poppping or clicking occur with pain or swelling your should get a medical opinion.

Its worth saying that some of the underlying conditions are complex to diagnose and sometimes an Xray or specialist opinion may be needed. The great thing is for more serious conditions that are many alternatives to surgery that are worth exploring before embarking on any radical procedures.

 

 

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