A joint is where one bone meets another, where movement can occur. Your knee is where the femur (thigh bone) meets the tibia (shin bone). The knee also consists of the patella (kneecap), which must be able to slide up and down as you bend and straighten your knee.
Do Your Knees Snap, Crackle & Pop?
The technical term for joint noise is called Crepitus and it doesn’t always mean that there is something wrong. People tend to be overly worried about sounds coming from their joints and fear that the crunching or clicking sound indicates damage to the joint.
However, these noises are actually poorly associated with real tissue damage, which can likely mean that your noisy knees are normal knees! The sound that you hear can simply be fluid moving within the joint or under the patella.
If you feel pain when the crepitus is heard, then it is possible for the noise to be associated with physical damage. Either way, a noisy knee isn’t always something to be overly concerned about.
Our Physical Therapists here at ProMet are movement specialists and can access your noisy knees and provide you with a custom program to help improve your knee and overall joint health. Book an appointment with us today at one of our Glendale, Briarwood or Manhasset locations!
Katherine Gili, DPT