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There is no day to day pain, but when i do unweighted repeitive deep squats, there is clicking in my knee and some pain. what might cause this?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Knee Clicking: This is just like "popping" your knuckles. All joints have a certain amount of play in them. When you exert significant force you can pull the cartilage surface apart from the other side of the joint for a second which causes a pop or clicking sensation. Since knees get the most stress of any joint in our bodies, they are likely to do this, and it will increase with excess wear & tear like squats.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Many things: Your symptoms are most likely related to your kneecap-some combination of mechanics (maltracking), relative muscle deficiencies resulting in patellofemoral syndrome, or cartilage wear/softening called chondromalacia; other causes could be torn meniscus, other cartilage lesions or tears, loose bodies, inflamed plica, etc; start by avoiding deep squats and doing a patellofemoral rehab/pt program.

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