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Knee joints always feel like they lock up and click. ?

Knee joints always feel like they lock up and click. ?

See below: Locking and clicking are very suggested of a torn meniscus which is a wedge of cartilage on both the inner and outer part of the knees. In certain types of tears, the torn piece can get dislodged partially when the person bends their knee and then prevents them from straightening it fully. It can also cause painful clicking. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My knees click and feel like the joints are grinding when I go up stairs..what could this be and what do you think caused it?

My knees click and feel like the joints are grinding when I go up stairs..what could this be and what do you think caused it?

You've Got Kneesles!: It could be a minor problem depending on your activities. Lots of athletes get that, without pain, and apparently without any long term problems. But there can be problems on the underside of the patella (knee cap) that can cause it too, but usually accompanied by pain. Best to get it checked out with your doctor. He or she will decide what to do based on a more detailed exam. ...Read more

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Knee feels like it needs to click back into place, and it's painful just under joint, but isn't swollen, what's wrong?

Knee feels like it needs to click back into place, and it's painful just under joint, but isn't swollen, what's wrong?

Several possible: Several possibilities. Arthritis by itself can explain these symptoms, but that usually comes on gradually. Sometime the kneecap can sublux (slide out of it's normal path), then slide back in. That can leave you with the sensation of needing to click back into place. Straining the patellar tendon can also fee like this. Rest and ice your knee, but if it doesn't improve in a week, see your dr. ...Read more

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I am 24yr old. I do weight training once or twice a week. I have been getting pains in my joints, mainly knee. They click regularly. Any advice?

I am 24yr old. I do weight training once or twice a week. I have been getting pains in my joints, mainly knee. They click regularly. Any advice?

Start stretching: Knee pains in your age group w/ no injuries is often related to overuse tendinitis or kneecap'pain. You may have to start stretching before your workouts more; especially your hamstrings. "hamstrung" athletes tend to develop patellofemoral( kneecap) pain or patellar tendinitis . Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is clicking and popping of the knee joint normal? I mean if it hurts

Is clicking and popping of the knee joint normal? I mean if it hurts

No: Painful clicking and popping of the knee suggests a possible cartilage injury. You should seen an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had all of my main joints replaced or revision. In the last 4 years. Now have popping, clicking and grinding in my replaced knee. Thoughts?

I have had all of my main joints replaced or revision.  In  the last 4 years. Now have popping, clicking and grinding in my replaced knee. Thoughts?

Total knee: Get good exam. No injury? Get good quality x-ray to check for loosening , alignment, & tracking issues. Doing appropriate stretches? If not, scar/synovitis can be the culprit. ...Read more

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I have a joint problem , my knee joints makes clicking sounds?

I have a joint problem , my knee joints makes clicking sounds?

Knee: Depends on cause. Best to consult orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Why do joints such as wrist and knee sometimes click or creak during exercise? If no accompanying pain, is it problematic?

Why do joints such as wrist and knee sometimes click or creak during exercise?  If no accompanying pain, is it problematic?

Not a problem: Popping or crepitation of the joints are common. This occurs when tissues such as cartilage, bone, tendon, or ligaments glide over one another. Often times there may be mild underlying arthritis or tendinitis. If you're not experiencing any discomfort then this is not a problem. ...Read more

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Does a meniscus tear cause a knee to click at the joint line? I have a hard time bending and extending my knee because it get stuck please help

Does a meniscus tear cause  a knee to click at the joint line? I have a hard time bending and extending my knee because it get stuck  please help

Knee clicking: In the setting of a bucket handle or flipped meniscal tear, knee locking will occur. This may cause the patient to experience sharp clicking and ensuing locking. Painless clicking at the joint line with minimal pain can occur with a plica type syndrome or thickened synovium. ...Read more

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I have chronic clicking and clunking of the knee joint. What coul be the problem? What is the difference of a displacement of the root or meniscus?

I have chronic clicking and clunking of the knee joint. What coul be the problem?  What is the difference of a displacement of the root or meniscus?

Could be arthritis: The clicking and clunking can be arthritis or a cartilage tear. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts like a shock on a car. It goes in between the two bones. But like shocks on a car, it can wear out and tear. The second part of your question is the same thing. They are describing the part of the meniscus -- i.e. The root of the meniscus -- which is where it attaches to. ...Read more

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What happens during a knee osteotomy? After having that surgery done does that lead to clicking and popping of the knee joint?

What happens during a knee osteotomy? After having that surgery done does that lead to clicking and popping of the knee joint?

Bone is cut: Knee osteotomy is where the a bone around the knee is cut (osteotomized) to correct a deformity of the bone or to unweight an area of arthritis inside of the knee. It does not usia=ually result in a clicking or popping of the knee joint unless there is a preexistant problem of the knee. ...Read more

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Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Yes: Yes to all of the above. Grinding sounds unusual though. If the noise comes from kneecap then it is the kneecap and not menisucs. However it sure sounds like it based on what you describe. Exam is very unreliable though and MRI is usually necessary. ...Read more

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What is gait training? Does plica grow back in the knee? Does having joint line pain suggest that there is a meniscus tear. I having clicking locking.

What is gait training? Does plica grow back in the knee? Does having joint line pain suggest that there is a meniscus tear. I having clicking locking.

Joint pain: Joint line pain is very non specific. It can reflect a meniscal tear but also referred articular cartilage wear to the condyle and/or plateau. It may also reflect inflamed synovium. ...Read more

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