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Intermittent Knee Locking
Depends: If the knee truly locks (i.e. It's in a fixed position and you literally can't straighten it), then you should see an orthopedist as soon as possible since it could be a bucket handle meniscus tear, which is considered somewhat of an emergency. Other than that, if the knee is just catching than it could be any number of things such as cartilage injury/tear, ligament injury, arthritis, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be some causes of my knee locking up and me having to rotate it to make it pop? What next steps should I take?
Meniscus tear: One of the more common causes of these symptoms is a tear in the meniscus, a "c" shaped cushion between the bones that form the knee joint. See an orthopedic surgeon for a diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more
Knee locking: Whenever we hear patients have knee locking and difficulty completely bending or straightening, we think of either arthritis or perhaps a meniscus injury depending on the history and examination. If you are young and healthy this may be a tracking issue with your kneecap.This one you should see your pcp, sports med or orthopedic physician. ...Read more
Identify the cause: See an orthopedic surgeon or sports specialist. The source of the locking must be identified to solve the problem. Exam, x-rays, and possibly MRI may be needed. Locking can occur as a result of loose bodies, meniscal tears, cartilage defects, arthritis, scar tissue, etc. Each of these would be treated differently. ...Read more
Knee locking: Usually implies a mechanical blockage such as a meniscal tear or a loose body in the joint that is causing locking. May need arthroscopic treatment with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
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