Problems near or with the knee can be extremely intimidating, frightening, or painful. The knee is so important to many of our daily lives. From walking to running to bending, the movement that is provided us by our knee increases the enjoyment of our days. When this range of movement, ability, and independence is threatened, the threat can feel very real and scary. That is why it is so important to understand the ways in which our body could be telling us something about your knee health. One way that this can occur is through what is commonly called knee clicking. The following explains just what this symptom could mean and why you need to listen to it.
One reason that knee clicking can occur is because of meniscus tears. Tears to the meniscus can be very painful and debilitating. They can cause immobility and may even be irreparable. However, there is a chance that through surgery or therapy, even resting the injury, that tears can be fixed. This partially depends on how quickly the tear is found and how it is handled by the individual suffering through it. For this reason, if you hear knee clicking it becomes so vital to contact a doctor or healthcare provider. Letting the injury go or ignoring what your body is saying can be extremely detrimental to your current and future health.
If you hear a knee clicking or popping that sound more like a crackle or grinding, this can be problematic. The reason is because it can mean that you have two or more bones within the knee area grinding upon one another. Not only can this be painful now, it can set you up once again for knee and mobility issues in the future. If you hear the grinding noise it becomes imperative that you contact a healthcare provider or doctor to assess the situation. If your knee continues to grind you can actually see bone fragments tear off and free float in the body as well as see bone loss as a result of the scraping. Again, do not only listen for knee clicking but how the knee clicks in order to understand what you may need to be aware of.
Knee clicking can be very serious. It also, however, can be very normal. Yes, the body can be trying to tell you something. However, it could also be that it is eliminating trapped air in the region. Not many parts of the body are ever completely flushed or pressed against each other. For this reason, air can become trapped and the body will need to eliminate it from the body. For this reason, knee clicking can be the result of removal of this air through friction and pressure within the body. It is natural and does not mean that harm is occurring. It may just be that extra air has worked itself into that particular area of the body, just as it does other joints.
The best remedy for knee clicking is seeking a doctor’s advice for treatment of the condition. They will be able to assess your condition and decide whether or not it simply your body stretching itself or if it is something more important that needs to be examined. Do not ever try and have yourself be the diagnostician of your body. Unless you are a medical professional, you should not be making the assessments regarding your body and the knee clicking you hear. Because it could be something more serious please take all the necessary precautions in protecting yourself and your health. Do not take any chances!