Knee popping is a common occurrence in athletes and extremely active individuals. This is because they overly strain their knees while exercising, training, competing and going about their other daily activities. The popping sound is usually heard when there is motion in the knee joint. The motion results from the movement of knee ligaments. It can also be contributed by the presence of an imbalance (whether big or small) in the patella (leg cap). In addition, when the knee socket and ligaments rub each other a popping sound is produced at the front part of the knee which surrounds the knee cap.
Under a few occasions, the popping sound is not associated with any kind of discomfort or pain on the knee. At this instance, there is no cause of worry. However, if the popping sound is associated with pain or a certain degree of discomfort on the knee then there is a reason for worry. At this instance, the popping sound indicates that the knee is suffering from a physical condition/ injury.
Knee popping – Anterior cruciate tendon
Frequent knee popping indicates that there may be a tear in the anterior cruciate tendon (ACL). The tendon tears into two parts or experiences an incomplete (partial) tear. The degree of the tear will determine the therapy and medication that an individual will be given. A complete tear will demand surgery to rejoin the two tendon pieces. Also, individuals will be subjected to therapy for a few days until the tear fully heals. On the other hand, if the tear is incomplete it will self heal with time. Off course, the healing duration will depend on the extent of the tear. During such an instance, individuals are advised to steer away from strenuous activities for a certain period until the tear fully heals.
Knee popping accompanied with pain
Knee popping accompanied with pain can also indicate that an individual is suffering from Discoid Lateral Meniscus, a disorder that is commonly known as popping-knee syndrome. This syndrome is mainly caused by the presence of an abnormally shaped meniscus in the joint of the knee. The syndrome is easily treated by use of conservative methods like stretching and exercising. However, if knee pain originates from the back of the knee this can be an indication of the presence of a cyst around that area.
Knee popping can be temporarily relieved
On the other side, in accordance to health related journals the pain associated with knee popping can be temporarily relieved by exercising. Individuals suffering from this condition can adapt the habit of doing morning stretches on a daily basis. In addition, they can temporarily resolve this condition by consuming meals that are rich in calcium and vitamin C. Calcium plays a prudent role of strengthening the muscle ligaments and bones while vitamin C hastens the healing process. However, this should be accompanied by a regular visit to an orthopedic doctor. On the same hand, individuals can opt to use knee braces to relieve the pain. The braces provide additional support to the knees as well as enabling them to be properly aligned. As a result, the overall knee popping pain is immensely reduced.