When you walk down the street, climb stairs, even when you’re sitting in your chair and watch your favorite TV series, do you sometimes hear cracking or “popping” which occurs in your knee?
This cracking in the knee occurs when joints are displaced and at times it can be accompanied by severe pain. Knee cracking appears more than usual if some part is not in their proper position.
As a result it comes to increased use of other parts of the legs to compensate for part of the knee that is out of the correct position.
When this happens, people often ask, “Why is my knee cracking? Should I be worried? ”
There are various reasons why cracking in the knee occurs, and these are some of the most common:
- Unnecessary tissue around the knee: After a serious knee injury, if not treated properly, can lead to the creation of unnecessary tissue which occurs between different parts of the joints, and it causes cracking when the knee is moving.
- Intense running: You might think that regular running is very beneficial for your health, but if the tibia (the bone below the knee) is under great stress, “runner’s knee” can occur. This happens when the knee is over the line and do not follow the femur (thigh bone). Under- knee bones protect the knee, but when these bones are not on their proper position, comes to cracking in the knee especially when bending.
- Arthritis: arthritis in the legs can be extended to the knees. Knee inflammation can cause its displacement and when bending cracking can be heard.
- Injured ligaments: ligaments should stabilize the knee. Damage occurs when you cross the biomechanical border of the ligaments. When this happens, knee stiffness occurs followed by chronic pain.
Should you be concerned?
In some cases, the sound “click” of the knee occurs when it is released from the excess air that is trapped in the wrist. In some other cases, the knee actually adapts and places itself in proper position due to all the pressure and friction.
If there is no pain associated with knee cracking, then you probably have no reason to worry. You should be worried if you experience severe pain during the knee cracking”.
In any case, if you still doubt, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor and if necessary run some tests.
If you want to keep the knee in great shape, you should do the following exercises:
Tighten your quadriceps muscle because this is essential for the health and protection of your knee. Certain exercises that require extension or static contraction of the quadriceps are great for this purpose.
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