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I have been having pains in my knee, it makes crunching sounds, popping, and clicking and at times it is veery paiful what can this be?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies: In a elderly person, one would attribute it to arthritis when the irregular joint surfaces grind and pop as they move over each other. In a 20 year old it is usually some form if internal derangement of the knee such as a plica, discoid meniscus, or meniscal tear. Thank you.

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