The crunching you hear likely is due to the cartilage in your knee becoming rough, so the bones cannot slide as easily in the joint as they normally do. Knee crepitus typically happens when the knee is bent, such as when you are squatting, going up or down stairs, or rising from a chair.
Why do my knees crack so much?
If the thigh muscle (quadriceps) is too tight, it can pull the kneecap and affect its free gliding movement, generating a knee crack. If the various soft tissues such as cartilage or meniscus have degenerated, resulting in loss of smooth cover of the knee joint, and leading to knee cracks during various activities.
Is cracking your knees bad?
Cracking your knee is safe if pain or injury don’t accompany the sound. Experimenting with joint-loosening exercise, like Pilates and yoga, could make your joints more flexible. You can also ask your doctor for their recommendations. Don’t ever try to crack a joint that’s giving you pain.
How do I stop my knees from crunching?
The first line of treatment for this condition includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation, or “RICE.” Anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy exercises can also relieve it. If these do not help, splinting, surgery, or both may be necessary.
Should my knees crack when I do squats?
“Most people have knees that crack when they squat down or go through the full arc of motion. We generally don’t worry about cracking or popping when it isn’t associated with pain or swelling.”