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26 year old having cracking sound from the knees. Had knee reconstruction surgery in the past. Reason?

Hi, i am 26 years old weight about 110kg have had 2 previous knee reco s roughly 10 years ago. I found within the past couple of months whenever i bend my knees mainly my right knee i get a strange cracking sound/sensation (not a single crack) multiple cracks as if you were grinding something together. it doesn t hurt when it happens, but is very uncomfortable.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

A cracking noise in the knees may be an indicator of osteoarthritis.It may be in the early stages so no pain is present.
The risk factors for osteoarthritis of the knee are older age, women, history of previous surgery to the knee, injury to the knee, sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, deformity of the knee.

Osteoarthritis is treated by lifestyle, medication, physiotherapy and surgery in severe cases.
In terms of lifestyle , weight management is important via dietary and activity changes, also exercises that strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring may also be helpful in reducing the discomfort.
The pain medications are normally the anti inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen/cataflam initially if necessary.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

Sometimes as a normal phenomena, fluid (synovial fluid) that lubricate the joint release bubbles which pop and crackle with movement. This occurs very commonly after a period of inactivity or during certain movements. I am not sure if this is what you have, but this is my most likely explanation to your symptoms.

You don't need to worry if there is no associated joint pain; but you have to do some conditioning exercises to improve the overall integrity of the joint - stronger muscle will take the weight of the joint and help to reduce the pressure on articulating surfaces, thus preventing any damage to the joint.

Wishing you good health...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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