Why is My Knee Popping?
Knee-popping, although all too common, can be quite annoying, and lead people to ask exactly what is causing it to happen. Often accompanied by knee pain, swelling, and stiffness, it is important to know that there may be an underlying reason for what is happening.
What Conditions Cause a Popping Sound in the Knee, and What Can Help?
There can be several causes of knee-popping, including: air bubbles, a torn meniscus, cartilage wear or irritation, ligament injuries, patellar injuries and tendonitis, to name a few. Most of the time, treatment is straightforward. Your doctor may advise adjusting an individual's activity level, physical therapy, medication, and in more severe cases, surgery. Knee popping can be uncomfortable and interfere with physical activity, so it is important to seek medical attention if it persists
What is the Cause of A Knee-Popping Sound?
There are several different reasons as to why someone's knee may be popping. It may be that air or gas bubbles have built up in the fluid around the joints and the bubbles are bursting. It may also be due to worn cartilage passing over the bone or ligaments, or even the structure of the knee, when the kneecap or patella is not aligned with the rest of the bones.
When to see a Doctor
So, when is it best to seek medical attention for a popping knee? Call the doctor if the problem is persistent - happening once or twice a week or even more. There are some cases in which a doctor may be able to diagnose a problem based on the sound of the popping and will prescribe treatment accordingly. A medical professional will ask if there are any other symptoms to assess if the problem is more severe. If this is the case, they may recommend an X-ray or MRI too so that they can further assess the issue. Just remember that if knee-popping doesn't resolve on its own, then medical attention may be necessary.
Other Ways to Reduce Knee-Popping
It may be that the doctor advises long-term treatment for knee-popping. He or she can also suggest certain flexibility exercises that will help. You might be advised to do strengthening exercises as well to resolve the problem.
If you are experiencing knee popping, and you have any concerns, it is best to visit your doctor to discuss. If Physical Therapy is something that is advisable, our team at Swetlic Chiropractic & Physical Therapy will be here to assist you!