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Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Knee Pop (Overview)

The symptom of popping or snapping in the knee can be a sign of a few different problems. One of the key distinguishing factors is whether or not the popping or snapping causes or is associated with pain. Popping or snapping not associated with painful symptoms is often not a sign of a significant problem.


Dr. Andrew Pearle
26 doctors shared insights

Knee Pop (Overview)

The symptom of popping or snapping in the knee can be a sign of a few different problems. One of the key distinguishing factors is whether or not the popping or snapping causes or is associated with pain. Popping or snapping not associated with painful symptoms is often not a sign of a significant problem.


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Why might my knee pop & give out occasionally?

Why might my knee pop & give out occasionally?

Giving way from pain: Pain generated reflexes can cause a sensation of instability and giving way, much like a frank ligament tear (acl) whereby the injured structure (meniscal tear, cartilage lesion, loose body or patella subluxation most commonly) cause sudden catching/popping and pain that triggers aberrant muscle firing beyond one's normal control. This can result in your knee buckling and giving way. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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What are the treatment options for painful popping of the left knee joint mainly the acl?

What are the treatment options for painful popping of the left knee joint mainly the acl?

Evaluation: There are many possible causes of painful popping of the knee (chondromalacia patella, meniscal tears, intra-articular loose bodies and instability of the joint secondary to ligamentous injury) and the appropriate treatment will be determined by the diagnosis. A visit to an orthopaedic surgeon should give you an answer. ...Read more

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What happens if you dislocate your knee, pop it back in place but don't get it seen to? What are the consequences?

What happens if you dislocate your knee, pop it back in place but don't get it seen to? What are the consequences?

Knee dislocation: A true knee dislocation where the tibia is separated from the femur must be quickly attended to with careful neurovascular attention. This is apart from a patellar dislocation which is sometimes confused as a "knee dislocation." x rays, follow up MRI and vascular checks are paramount. ...Read more

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How to prevent knee pops after ACL surgery?

How to prevent knee pops after ACL surgery?

Strengthen: Physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles. If persists need to see the surgeon who did the surgery. ...Read more

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Why might my knee pop & give out occasionally?

Giving way from pain: Pain generated reflexes can cause a sensation of instability and giving way, much like a frank ligament tear (acl) whereby the injured structure (meniscal tear, cartilage lesion, loose body or patella subluxation most commonly) cause sudden catching/popping and pain that triggers aberrant muscle firing beyond one's normal control. This can result in your knee buckling and giving way. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: knee pop?

What is the definition or description of: knee pop?

Pop and pain: The symptom of popping or snapping in the knee can be a sign of a few different problems. One of the key distinguishing factors is whether or not the popping or snapping causes or is associated with pain. Popping or snapping not associated with painful symptoms is often not a sign of a significant problem. ...Read more

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Felt knee pop. Hurts go extend and put pressure on... Top/outside of knee.?

Felt knee pop. Hurts go extend and put pressure on... Top/outside of knee.?

Dislocated patella?: Knee popping, pain extending from knee, and 'top outside of knee' sounds like a dislocated knee cap; it may spontaneously relocate, but there may be a ligament problem which holds the knee cap to the knee, which is why the 'pop'. ...Read more

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What happens if you dislocate your knee, pop it back in place but don't get it seen to? What are the consequences?

Knee dislocation: A true knee dislocation where the tibia is separated from the femur must be quickly attended to with careful neurovascular attention. This is apart from a patellar dislocation which is sometimes confused as a "knee dislocation." x rays, follow up MRI and vascular checks are paramount. ...Read more