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Noisy Knees? What the Snaps, Crackles and Pops Mean to You

Hearing noise from your knees can be unnerving. After dropping your pen and squatting to collect it, you’re met with a chorus of crackles and pops, then stares from surprised onlookers. Are you falling apart? Do the noises alone indicate damage, disease, or an impending joint replacement surgery? Not necessarily.

Why would healthy knees make noise?

Noise from the knees, or crepitus, is extremely common. As we age and our knee joints experience some wear, cartilage, or the tissue that covers the boney surfaces, can develop uneven areas. When we squat or stand, sounds come from these rougher surfaces gliding across each other. It could also be the rope like tissues that connect bones to other bones, the ligaments, tightening as you move, or something as simple as gas bubbles popping in your joints.

Noisy “Neutral” Knees

As a rule, if your knees pop, crunch and crack, but you don’t have any symptoms aside from noise, then it’s unlikely that you have a major problem in the joint.

“A lot of joints crack and the knees are a really common joint to crack,” says David McAllister, MD, director of the UCLA’s Sports Medicine Program. “Most people have knees that crack when they squat down. We generally don’t worry about cracking or popping when it isn’t associated with pain or swelling.”

Noisy “Painful” Knees

If there is knee pain or swelling along with noise from the knees, you may have signs of structural damage or disease activity building within or around the joint, and it’s time to seek professional treatment. Potential issues include:

  • Meniscus tears. The meniscus is a rubbery C-shaped disc that cushions the knee joint and acts as a shock absorber. It also helps spread weight evenly so your bones don’t rub together. Meniscus tears are often caused by sudden twisting or other things you might do while playing sports. According to Dr. Michael Stuart, a professor of orthopedic surgery and co-director of sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic, “If you have a meniscus tear, that can cause these mechanical symptoms like catching or locking of the knees.”
  • Cartilage injury or wear. Sometimes the cartilage covering our bones can be injured, even causing a piece to break off and catch in our joint. Usually, the knee will respond to this type of injury by swelling or catching during motion. Cartilage in your knee can also wear thin or break down. Some people say they feel a grinding sensation when they move, like a “bone on bone sensation.” Untreated knee pain will only worsen and can cause more damage to the joint in the future.

Are Your Noisy Knees Complaining about Pain or Swelling?

Cracking and popping noises from the knees are typical, but when the sounds are accompanied by knee pain or swelling, it’s time to seek professional assistance. Flexogenix offers safe and effective results and our innovative Knee-Flex 5-Step Program can keep you in an active lifestyle. Call today for your free consultation!

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  1. Avatar for Dr. Sean Whalen
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    Carl Masters, Jr.

    I am currently planning knee replacement surgery on my left knee. Xrays show practically no cartilage. Do you think your program will offer better results? How and at what cost? I live in Charlotte, N.C.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hello Carl, We have had tremendous results with patients who have been in similar situations and were told they would need a total knee replacement. Our therapeutic approaches are designed to eliminate the need for joint replacement while improving function and reducing pain and instability. We would be happy to discuss the specifics in greater depth with a personal consultation. Feel free to schedule a personal consultation by calling 1-888-YES-FLEX or schedule online.

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    R B Salzberg

    My x-ray shows left knee bone-on-bone virtrually no cartilege with
    major pain/disability. Cortizone/Celebrex only partial solution.
    (a) what is flex 5 success percentage? (b) typical cost?
    many thanks —

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi R B Salzberg, It is hard to give a specific percentage, but of those who qualify for Knee Flex 5 we have had tremendous success, even with significant cartilage damage. This treatment is covered by most major insurances, including Medicare. During a personal consultation, these questions will be more effectively answered and we will identify if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Feel free to call us at 1-888-YES-FLEX to schedule a consultation or if you have any other questions.

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    MARIE HARRIS

    I WAS IN PAIN, WHILE SLEEPING .SITTING ,WALKING AND STANDING FOR ANY DURATION. I KNEW I HAD TO DO SOMETHING AND DID NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH A KNEE REPLACEMENT.
    WENT TO FLEXOGENIC EVERYTHING WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL AND I TOOK THE TREATMENT A FIVE WEEK PLAN . I FELT THE DIFFERENCE AFTER THE FIRST WEEK .I HAVE COMPLETED THE TREATMENT AND THE RESULTS IS AMAZING. NO MORE NIGHT PAIN OR WHEN SITTING OR WALKING .I JUST WALKED UP A FLIGHT OF STAIRS ONE FOOT AT A TIME. THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. MY ONE REGRET IS I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS A LONG TIME AGO.I AM 69 YEARS OLD SO I UNDERSTAND I AM GROWING OLDER AND WILL EXPERIENCE DETERIORATION BUT I WILL DO THE TREATMENTS AS NEEDED BECAUSE IT WORKS. .

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    S Sanders

    I have right knee pain associated w old bucket handle cartilage repair medially. It has worsened over the years. I heard abt ur program and contacted flexogenix however was told that since I live in Virginia and have out of state insurance I would have to pay out of pocket . When will u make ur program available to people outside of ur immediate marketing area.

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    John Harapa

    I destroyed my ACL approximately 30 yrs ago, when I was 21, The procedure then was quite intrusive and tool almost 1 year to recover ‘fully’. Knee is showing signs of deterioration with intermediate pain, clicking sounds with varying degrees of instability. Will your procedures help someone with my condition?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi John, Please give us a call at 1-888-YES-FLEX to schedule a personal consultation without obligation. Our physician can personally analyze your condition to find out if the treatment can help you.

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    Carolyn Evans

    I was told my right knee is bone on bone and I need a replacement. How many injections does it take?How long does the procedure last before it has to be done again? Are the injections painful and are the patients awake during the injections .?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Carolyn, Yes, patients are awake during the injections, but they are given topical anesthetic so there is minimal discomfort. Some patients don’t even realize the procedure has started. We would be happy to discuss the specifics in greater depth with a personal consultation. Feel free to schedule a consultation by calling 1-888-YES-FLEX or schedule online.

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    Dan

    I have had a TKR (right) in 2012-everything was great until just recently I started having pain-got X-rays and was told my LEFT knee was bone on bone w/osteoarthritis. I do not want another TKR because my right knee is painful now, so your treatment looks very hopeful! But, I was wondering if you have had any success in treating BACK pain? I have disc bulges and herniations at multilple levels of lumbar/thoracic/cervical spine with spondylolisthesis.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Dan, Unfortunately we do not currently have treatments for back pain. But we do treat many cases of knee osteoarthritis. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-YES-FLEX to schedule a personal consultation with no obligation.

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    Rose brink

    I have had 9 injections but my knee still hurts me, currently I’m in Michigan vacationing. What Do I do next since these injections haven’t helped me,please let me no what’s next. They told me it took about 7 to 11 weeks before last shot took effect it’s been about 7 weeks since my last injection and no relief.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Rose, Please give us a call at 1-888-YES-FLEX to speak in further detail to our staff about your situation. Thank you!

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    Mary Stowe

    I am a 42 year old woman that has continued knee pain in both knees. It doesn’t matter shoes, sitting, walking, sleeping, I have pain. And going up a set of stairs……my family hates when I do that cause of the crack/popping noises. My family doctor thought it was bone against bone but x-ray show my knees are normal. BUT something isn’t normal & nothing & I MEAN NOTHING over the counter helps w/my pain. I have had 3 steroids shots under both knee caps & they last a few weeks but then I am back to the pain. Would this help me? I am in Salisbury NC. I want to lose weight but pain is to bad to even exercise.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Mary, we’ve had great success with our patients over the years. I strongly recommend that you contact us at 1-888-YES-FLEX and schedule a consultation so that we can personally analyze your condition and create a treatment plan that can work for you. Hope to hear from you soon!

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    Tere

    Hi. I’m 50 years old, 2 days ago i have popping sound on both knees, and now starting to swell. My concern is do you accept kaiser permanente insurance? How many injection do i need for meniscus tear knee? I am very affraid of needle. Hope you can able to help me. Really appreciate it. Thank you.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Tere, please contact the clinic at 1-888-YES-FLEX for insurance related questions, one of our Patient Care Representatives will be happy to have them answered for you. The amount of injections depends on the severity of your condition. We would be happy to provide a free personal consultation to give you a detailed treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.

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    Terry

    I have a torn meniscus of the left knee. Is surgery necessary to repair it?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Terry, all of our treatments are non-surgical, including Regene-Flex, which we do for torn meniscus. Call us at 1-888-YES-FLEX for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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    Laura Simonsen

    Hello, I had surgery for a meniscus tear in Sept. of last year (2016). Dr. also said he took some arthritis out of the affected area. I’ve had problems with pain, swelling, stiffness, cracking & popping ever since then. About every 3 months I’d go back in for pain and swelling and he would draw fluid out. Then he suggested a partial knee replacement. I’ve had PT, injections, topical and prescription meds and nothing has helped. Since then (July 2016) I’ve moved to NC. I don’t have a new physician presently. Do you think your clinic can help me?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Laura, we’d love to help! Please call 888-YES-FLEX to schedule a free personal consultation, where we will be able to evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan that will work for you. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

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    Carol Stuerwald

    Can you do both knees at the same time? I am having serious pain in both knees and have osteoarthritis in both of them. Also what is the time frame on the treatments. I am two hours away from two locations so I am trying to see what the time frame is on all the treatments. Thanks!

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      The Flexogenix® Team

      Hi Carol, we can definitely treat both knees at the same time! The treatment length depends on the patient and the severity of the condition. We’d be happy to provide a free personal consultation to analyze your condition and give you a detailed plan of action. Simply call us at 888-YES-FLEX to schedule your appointment.

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