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    Posted: Jan 26 2011 at 8:44am
Our user asked: "Hi. I am seeing a patient with complaints of slight pain and knee creaking sounds when going into extention (from about 40 degrees flexion going into ext), doing jumping squats, or resisted extension. Patient is 35 y/o. If it's not a joint crepitus, what else can it be? What would treatment consist of? Thank you."
 
Ask a PT Repsonse: "Besides crepitus there could be other contributors to the sounds such as surfaces rubbing against each other (ie. patellofemoral dysfunction, changes in the pressure at the knee (ie. edema), or structures such as bands or ligaments coming into contact and rubbing (ie. ITB, plica, etc.). As far as treatment goes, consider what I mentioned above and address those issues and see if your patient's condition improves (patella taping, strengthening, stabilization, ice, STM/MFR, stretching, etc.). I hope this helps. "
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One thing you should start doing is exercising the joint. Exercise will bring blood flow to the knee both during exercise, and later on when it repairs the broken down muscle, tendons, and ligaments. This can essentially bring attention to your brain that your knee needs to be healed.

Going to a gym and doing light exercises will help. After you start light for a few months, you can slowly start building up to heavier wents and a higher intensity. If you build up the muscle around your knee, you can have more support and less cracking.Angry
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