Crepitus occurs as a result of friction of cartilage against the articular surface or other soft tissues around the knee during joint movement.
If there is a crackling sound accompanied by pain in the knee joint, it is usually due to conditions such as a meniscus tear or joint degeneration.
The patellofemoral joint, where the kneecap meets the thigh bone or femur, is typically the source of knee crepitus. Cartilage tissue is a smooth and elastic structure that covers the ends of bones. These cartilages normally help the bones to slide easily in the joint.
But over time, the surface of these cartilaginous structures, which are present in the joint structure, may begin to lose its smoothness. The crunching sound you hear in your knee is caused by the roughness of the cartilage in your knee joint. Because, due to the roughness of the articular cartilage, the bones cannot move easily in the joint as they normally do.
When Does the Sound Come From The Knees?
Knee crepitus typically occurs when the knee is bent, for example when you are squatting, descending stairs, or getting up from a chair. By itself, crepitus is usually not a cause for concern.
If the sound coming from the knee occurs especially in the middle ages(30-45), it is a harbinger of early knee calcification.
You can find what needs to be done for calcification treatment in our other article.
What Can Happen After the Sound From the Knees?
This sound (crepitus ) from the knees alone usually does not pose a problem. The cartilage in the knee joint hardens and can then begin to wear out. The risk of arthritis also increases with the wear of the kneecap cartilages.
What Can We Do to Block the Knee Joint Sound?
To help prevent knee problems in this case, we must try to strengthen the November muscles in the front of your thigh, called quadriceps. Walking, cycling and swimming can be useful for to strengthen the quadriceps muscle.
In addition, various other exercises can also help. If you have questions about certain exercises or have other medical conditions, I suggest you talk to your doctor.
The strong quadriceps muscle can take some of its load from your patellofemoral joint. Thus, the probability of wearing out the cartilage in the knee joint is reduced. Also, to help prevent further cartilage damage and other knee injuries, overloading the joint should be avoided.
With crepitus in the joint, symptoms such as knee pain or fluid accumulation may appear. This condition may indicate the beginning of other knee problems. For example, such as osteoarthritis, which is a common cause of knee pain and joint swelling in the knee joint. Osteoarthritis can develop in the case of cartilage wear in the knee.
It is important to evaluate the knee quickly in case other knee symptoms develop. When left untreated, some knee conditions, including osteoarthritis, can cause pain, joint damage, and eventually disability. However, if diagnosed and treated quickly, no damage to the joints will occur.