A large number of people have aches and pains with no specific injury. Some people even have symptoms in their joints that might not hurt. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer the question of a young athlete who has cracking and popping in her knee.
Abigail in Chicago asks:
Hi! I am a junior in high school. I am extremely active and play tennis almost every day. I have been experiencing no pain in my knee. However, my knee cracks almost every time I lean down. Should I be concerned?
Crepitus is the formal term for popping or cracking under the patella (kneecap). It can be very common in adolescents and young adults with no underlying structural damage. In this video, I discuss what this popping and cracking could be and when you might see a doctor.
Do you have popping or cracking in your knee? Does it limit your activity? I would love to hear your experience below!
Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, online, on my show, or in the comments at the end of these posts. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.