Why Is My Knee Clicking? Find the Answer Here.

It can be unsettling when you notice your knee started clicking. Whether it’s a subtle click or a noticeable popping sound, you would wonder why it’s happening and whether it’s a cause for concern. In this article, we’ll explore the common causes of knee clicking and discuss potential treatment options.

Why is my knee clicking?

Here are potential causes that can make your knee click.

  • Patellar Tracking Disorder
  • Cartilage Wear and Tear
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Synovial Cysts

Patellar Tracking Disorder

When the patella (kneecap) becomes misaligned, it can rub against other bones in the knee joint. This misalignment, known as patellar tracking disorder, can lead to clicking or popping sensations. Physical therapists can evaluate your knee mechanics and prescribe exercises specific to your needs. These exercises are designed to improve patellar alignment, reducing symptoms and promoting optimal joint function.

Cartilage Wear and Tear

Over time, the cartilage in the knee joint can undergo wear and tear, leading to rough surfaces and irregular movement. Conditions like osteoarthritis or repetitive strain on the knee can contribute to this deterioration, resulting in clicking sounds when the knee is in motion.

Meniscus Tears

One possible cause of knee clicking is a meniscus tear. The meniscus, a cartilage structure in the knee joint, can become damaged or torn due to injury or degenerative changes. When this happens, the irregular surface can result in clicking or popping sensations during movement, accompanied by other symptoms such as sharp pain and locking of the knee joint.

Ligament Injuries

Injuries to the ligaments that stabilize the knee joint, such as the ACL or MCL, can cause instability. This instability may manifest as clicking or popping sounds when the knee moves. These injuries are often caused by a traumatic mechanism such as sudden rotation or a direct hit to the knee. You are likely to have symptoms including intense pain and swelling. It is highly recommended to reach out to an orthopedic doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Synovial Cysts

Synovial cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop within the knee joint. When these cysts move or rupture, they may cause clicking or popping sounds. Physical Therapists can utilize various therapeutic techniques to reduce inflammation and improve joint mobility, aiding in the management of synovial cyst-related symptoms.

Contact Us Today For Further Evaluation

Understanding the potential causes can help you make informed decisions about seeking appropriate treatment. As physical therapy experts, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan. Physical therapy plays a vital role in addressing knee issues, as it focuses on strengthening the surrounding muscles, improving joint mechanics, and promoting overall knee stability. Let us help you find relief from knee clicking, enhance your mobility, and become confident in your daily activities.

Remember that it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for a definitive diagnosis. If you’re experiencing knee clicking or any other knee-related concerns, our team of dedicated physical therapists is ready to assist you on your journey to recovery. We have seven clinics in Connecticut! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.