Paula asks :

Hi Lucy, 

I'm a 34 year old female. My knees have always snapped cracked and popped whenever I bend or kneel down! I'm always getting people commenting on this! Is this common??!


Hi Paula,

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This is very common- most people get this when they bend down and go through a full arc or motion of their knee joint.

If you are worried why a healthy knee might be making noises- it's because the tissue that covers the bones called cartridge can often develop unevenness. When you squat or stand, these uneven surfaces glide over one another. It could also be the tissues that connect bones to bones- or ligaments which can tighten as you move too.

There is generally nothing to worry about unless there is pain or swelling that accompanies the noise as this can be a sign of Meniscus tears or cartridge injury or wear.

Meniscus is a rubbery c-shaped disc that gives your knee a cushion and acts like a shock absorber. Tears to this are can be caused by a sudden twisting that you might accidently do during a sport for instance. Generally younger people suffer this after a traumatic event, however as you get older, it can tear more easily.

The cartridge that covers the bones can also become injured which makes a piece break off and catch in the joint. Or it can break down and wear thin, which is known as arthritis. People say that it feels like their knees are grinding as they move. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually affects people in middle age and older.

If you are experiencing pain along with the sounds, then I would suggest making an appointment with you doctor to get this checked out and see if they can advise any pain relief for you.


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