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Does knee clicking indicate a lack of knee cartilage?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Knee clicking or "crepitus" can be caused by a torn cartilage, ganglion cyst, patella chondromalacia, synovitis, swelling (also known as an "effusionn"), or knee laxity.
Some normal knees click. Clicking is a nonspecific finding that can be associated with both normal and abnormal knees.

In brief: No
Knee clicking or "crepitus" can be caused by a torn cartilage, ganglion cyst, patella chondromalacia, synovitis, swelling (also known as an "effusionn"), or knee laxity.
Some normal knees click. Clicking is a nonspecific finding that can be associated with both normal and abnormal knees.
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
In brief: Not necessarily
Most knees make noise.
While it can sometimes indicate pathology, without injury or pain, it is usually harmless.

In brief: Not necessarily
Most knees make noise.
While it can sometimes indicate pathology, without injury or pain, it is usually harmless.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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