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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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Why does my knee joint sometimes lock up (doesn't move smoothly)?

Why does my knee joint sometimes lock up (doesn't move smoothly)?

Different reasons: The word lock up means there is mechanical reason for it, arthritis, torn cartilage, loose body in the joint, check it out.. ...Read more

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Every time i move my joints they make loud noises (clicking, snapping, etc) occurs in wrists, shoulders the most, very noticable. Do i need surgery?

Every time i move my joints they make loud noises (clicking, snapping, etc)  occurs in wrists, shoulders the most, very noticable. Do i need surgery?

Not likely.: It's normal for joints to pop or snap at times. As long as there is no pain, swelling, or other issues, this is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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History of arthritis-crouched down and extremely painful pop in front of knee. can walk fine but pops or locks when I bend+so painful. MCL?

History of arthritis-crouched down and extremely painful pop in front of knee. can walk fine but pops or locks when I bend+so painful. MCL?

Maybe patella: No specific diagnosis can be made from just a description. Best to have it examined. Primary care or orthopedist. Timing depends on severity. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hi.Mythumb keeps locking up and my fingers feel swollen, even though they are not?

Hi.Mythumb keeps locking up and my fingers feel swollen, even though they are not?

Need more info: This is not an uncommon problem that has several causes, like your occupation and your medical history etc. Most of the time it can be a benign problem but really should be investigated to be sure all is OK. Consult with your family physician. ...Read more

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I wake up with both arms stiff and hurtihg like they are asleep but hurt.Can't make a fist?

I wake up with both arms stiff and hurtihg like they are asleep but hurt.Can't make a fist?

Go see your Dr ASAP: And get checked for muscle and soft tissue inflammation or infection, clot in the veins etc. Hope u feel better soon! ...Read more

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Why when i wake and go walk to bathroom does it hurt and feel like top of feet bones are crunching together?

Why when i wake and go walk to bathroom does it hurt and feel like top of feet bones are crunching together?

More info would : Be required to give you a good answer. This would require an exam of your feet and xrays....when you say crunching are you actually hearing a noise? What is it that you feel precisely? Only when you get up? What about as you walk does it ease up? Is their swelling? ...Read more

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Jaw popping and painafter it pops and almost locks up ?

Jaw popping and painafter it pops and almost locks up
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Stop chewing: You need to rest your jaw. Soft diet, antiinflammatories, ice, dental evaluation. No gum ever again. There is a special mouth guard called an nti device that your dentist can make that is especially helpful. ...Read more

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My joints in my hips, shoulder, jaw, and ankle pop and click regularly. Jaw clicking is very painful but the rest is just uncomfortable and annoying.

My joints in my hips, shoulder, jaw, and ankle pop and click regularly. Jaw clicking is very painful but the rest is just uncomfortable and annoying.

Exam: Hips shoulders and ankles are out of my wheelhouse but if jaw popping is painful, you need to be examined by someone who is knowledgeable about TMD, Tempero Mandibular Dysfunction. Painless occasional cracking sounds are fairly common but you may have underlying pathology that needs treatment sooner rather than later because the longer it stands, the harder it is to treat. ...Read more

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My knee keeps clicking and goes sore and i need to move the knee cap around and it will click and no pain after that. Also clicks sometimes.

My knee keeps clicking and goes sore and i need to move the knee cap around and it will click and no pain after that. Also clicks sometimes.

Tracking disorder: You may a patellar tracking issue which may be causing inflammation of the undersurface of your patella. You should see an orthopedist or a sports medicine specialist for a complete evaluation and discuss potential treatments. ...Read more

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1wk/ up from a squat and felt/heard a tearing sound. Still swollen and makes pop sound when bent/straight all the way. Meniscus/ligamen surg needed?

Possibly: The first thing is to make sure you do not have arthritis, which can also make tearing/grinding sounds -- so you need an x-ray. Then a good exam by and orthopedic specialist will help determine if it is a meniscal injury. If knee locks or catches and meniscus involved, you may need a scope for a menisectomy (i.e. Clean out). ...Read more

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Knee pain when bent and when kneeling. Knee pops several time/day but if big pop feels better. I am 30. Arthritis or something else?

Knee pain when bent and when kneeling. Knee pops several time/day but if big pop feels better. I am 30. Arthritis or something else?

Varies: There are many potential causes. One of the more common is having a small meniscus tear. The posterior horn of the medial meniscus is the most common area involved and pain is usually worse as the knee is bent and the tear is often associated with clicking and popping. Does not require an injury. Consider being seen and getting an MRI for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain, popping or snapping sound from knee joint and knee swelling. my knee also locks up and is almost unbearable to move.

I am experiencing  knee pain, popping or snapping sound from knee joint and knee swelling.  my knee also locks up and is almost unbearable to move.

Get Evaluation: When the knee joint starts to lock/pop etc, you should be evaluated for an abnormality in the knee itself such as a meniscal tear or other structural abnormality to the knee cap or knee joint it self. Radiographic studies most likely will be needed. Good luck ...Read more

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My knees are locking up to where i can't bend them, or sometimes i can't straiten them. Very painful and they pop all the time. What should I do?

My knees are locking up to where i can't bend them, or sometimes i can't straiten them. Very painful and they pop all the time. What should I do?

See your orthopedist: Sounds like you have a meniscal tear or cartilage injury.. Some of your symptoms are typical - including pain and locking. Other symptoms may include swelling, clicking, and instability. Check in with a local orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. He will probably recommend physical therapy initially and perhaps an MRI depending on you examination. Arthroscopic surgery may be necessary. ...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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My wrist bones make crackling sound even in slight wrist movement up and down. It pains rarely .

My wrist bones make crackling sound even in slight wrist movement up and down. It pains rarely .

See your doctor.: This is one of those things that could be nothing, or could be something. The best thing to do is to go see your doctor and have her take a look. ...Read more

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