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I have read alot of stories about hearing knee crackling, is it the same I don't think I can hear my knee crackling when I do flextion and extenstion but if I put my hand on my knee then flex or extend I can feel inside my knee is crackling. Is the normal ?
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First Helper Ron10
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replied December 12th, 2004
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Hello
You may want to get it checked. My knee was cracking when I was younger and had to have surgery and now at the age of 29 I need a knee replacement.
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replied December 12th, 2004
Did the doctors say anything what excatly was wrong ?

Also did u have a previous injury that lead to the crackling feel or u just have it.
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replied December 13th, 2004
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Could be bone spurs.
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replied December 13th, 2004
Whats bones spurs ? Is it a big problem ?
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replied December 13th, 2004
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ron10 wrote:
whats bones spurs ? Is it a big problem ?



they're tiny little pieces of bone that can grow in the irritated area, shapes like so: /\/\

an x-ray can spot them, but you need a good up-to-date xray machine to spot them.

Sometimes they'll just grind themselves down over time, sometimes you need surgery to fix it.

But keep in mind, that's only one possibility amoung many, it's probably not even bone spurs, it's just something worth checking out.

To improve your knees, strengthen the area around them, take salmon oil tablets (they really help), and a tens unit (ie Dr. Ho) can really help.
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replied December 13th, 2004
I have heard doing exercises around your knee really helps, but I don't have access to a gym so is there any exercises I can do at home ?

Also do u know to my pervious question. Does the acl help move your leg up while in a sitting position ?

And is the acl the bit thats just above your knee cap ?
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replied December 13th, 2004
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I don't know what acl is, so can't tell you.

Excercises.... Well i'm no expert, I know doing lunges are a quick/hard workout. Yoga is a good way to strengthen supporting muscles safely, you might want to try that.
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replied December 13th, 2004
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It could be buristis or arthritis, some Dr.'s can do cortisone injections, you should talk to a Dr. And get some x-rays done. I have the poping in my shoulder but I think I am older than you but I do know that it does get irritating.
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sandy
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replied December 13th, 2004
Iam in the early 20s. From what I have read I got a feeling its arthritis because my knee was weakened with the ligament iinjury I had(twisted knee was what the docs told me)

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acl is the anterior cruciate ligament , does that ligament help you left your leg up while in a sitting position ?


How would u do lunges and yoga mike?
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replied December 14th, 2004
Knee Cracking
Both my knees crackle especially when im walking up stairs or doing excercises that consist of bending my legs. I went to a specialist and he told me that the cartilege behind my knee cap has been worn down grinding it out from all the years of hard playing as a child and the activities that I pursued as a grown-up.(i never told him that I was grown up!) but, he said to swim for a less "impact excercise".
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replied December 17th, 2004
Does your knee hurt with te cracking sound and is there any treatment ?
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replied June 18th, 2012
Crackling knees
My knees crackle when I bend them or do a squate and I asked my physical therapist if that was something to be worried about and she told me that most people's knees crackle, but if they hurt when they do that then that is womething that I should get checked out. So, I am guessing that as long as they don't hurt when they crackle then it's ok.
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replied June 19th, 2012
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driver48,

The crackling (or "cellophane feeling") is called benign crepitus. And as your PT stated, almost everyone has some. The exact cause is still unknown, just as we still do not know what causes the sound when we crack our knuckles.

And, as long as you do not have significant discomfort in the knees, you do not need to have them checked. There actually is no correlation between the crepitus and internal knee problems. Some patients have audibly loud crepitus and have no problems at all. While other, have very minimal crepitus, but have significant knee pain. Again, we do not know the exact etiology of the crepitus.

Good luck.
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