Knee problem?

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I hear grinding noises coming out of my knees when i squat or extend my leg, what the hell is it?

Knee problem?

prolly bone rubbing on bone or something?

Does it hurt? Shocked

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Knee problem?

prolly bone rubbing on bone or something?

Does it hurt?

#No it doesnt hurt.

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Without being a jackass and offering completely unqualified medical advice, I'll only offer my personal experience....

I've had the same thing for years and haven't had knee problems since playing college football 15 years ago. I still have no idea what it is, nor have I had it checked out. I am an idiot about seeking medical care, however, and know little about anatomy or orthopedics.

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Crepitus is the name given to grinding or popping sounds in the knee. The main concern is pain. If there is no pain or swelling, usually there is no problem. The exact causes of the sounds in your knee are not always known. If pain should develop, see your doctor for an evaluation and an x-ray. I have it. It sounds like something bad is going on, but my doc assured me it isn't

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I dont have feel any pain in there, can anyone tell me what does this signify?

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Saad Ahmed wrote:
I hear grinding noises coming out of my knees when i squat or extend my leg, what the hell is it?

Is it a cracking sound? If so then I think it could be just scar tissue or adhesions being broken.

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Its a grinding sound.

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Saad, i have heard from credible sources that if no pain is accompanying it then you should be ok, but i dont really know if that is true... get a med consult - the price we pay to lift i guess

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Saad Ahmed wrote:
I hear grinding noises coming out of my knees when i squat or extend my leg, what the hell is it?

It could be your knee cap cartilage rubbing against the articular cartilage of your femur. Crepitation is normal as weight increases. You really need to warm up prior to your squats if you want your knees to last longer.

Try 15~30 minutes on bike. Get a lot of blood to flow to your quads. You should follow this up with plyos such as jumping in place or jumping down into your squat position. Best way to warm up is the actual squat movement. Use your body weight followed by bar work. I usually jump and do plyos with just the bar on my traps. You should then start to warm up with 135 or 225 or whatever you feel good with. Do ATG deep squats for couple of reps. Rest and do it again. Go to your next warm up weight which should feel hard but not heavy. Repeat. Go to your next warm up weight which should feel heavy. Repeat.

Now do your Work Sets. Also wearing knee warmers or light knee brace helps as these warm up your knee joints.

Let us know how it goes, buddy!

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seanpark1271 wrote:
Saad Ahmed wrote:
I hear grinding noises coming out of my knees when i squat or extend my leg, what the hell is it?

During my Army service where I had to run 3 or 4 miles every other day, I had the same problem every time I squatted. It was so loud my training partner at the time would hear it. It never hurt. 15 years later when I started lifting again, the noise had disappeared, and to this day it has not come back. I walk just fine, knees dont hurt, etc. Whatever it was "healed" over time. My guess, would be the constant pounding of my knees on the pavement during those runs.

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Thanks for your replies guys..

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I have heard of this in the shoulder and and noticed poping sounds and cracking sounds in mine. The scan showed it was okay.

I would definately seek a compotent medical expert.

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Do you have noise in that knee when you walk up stairs? I have the same problem in my left knee. I get some pain and persistent swelling when I squat heavy more than 1 time per 2 weeks. My sister-in-law, who was an Athletic Trainer and is now a Physician's Assistant in Orthopedics, checked it out and told me two things it could be........however, I can't remember what she said because I tuned her out after she told me that I shouldn't go past parallel or go heavy anymore. I'll post again if I talk to her again anytime soon.

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I dont hear them when i walk up the stairs, i hear them when i extend them and when i squat very slowly.

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Saad Ahmed wrote:
I dont hear them when i walk up the stairs, i hear them when i extend them and when i squat very slowly.

The grinding noise when you extend is due to joints clicking back into place. It could also be due to popping of gases in your knee joint. This is normal.

If it feels painful, then you have a problem. Minor aches and soreness in your knees following squats is also normal. You need to rest it.

Tell me Saad, do you warm up before you squat?

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Tell me Saad, do you warm up before you squat?

#Yes, i do 2-3 sets of 10 with BW and than 2sets of 10 with 135. Maybe im getting a bit paranoid?

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Let me see if i have this correct. I know you can push a 400 pound squat right? So you warm up is 2-3 sets of 10 with your bodyweight and then 2 sets of 135 pounds and then the warm ups are done??? If that is correct then you better find a new way to warm up really..

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Let me see if i have this correct. I know you can push a 400 pound squat right? So you warm up is 2-3 sets of 10 with your bodyweight and then 2 sets of 135 pounds and then the warm ups are done??? If that is correct then you better find a new way to warm up really..

##When i train raw my warm ups are like this, 2*10*Bw 2*10*135 6*225
3*315 3* 405 3*500 after this i do my working sets

With gear 10*135 10*225 10*315 1*405 1*500 1*600.

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Get it checked just to make sure.. Also if no pain then most of the times its all good. What many people do is this for 2-4mins only. Warm shower before training make sure its warm. Some jump in a hot tub for 2-4 mins only. You can do that help with the knees and many find it helps during warm ups. And after training ice tub if you cant do that then Ice cold shower or bath make sure the cold water is on and not the warm. Takes time getting used to it.

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Thanks man!

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My guess is that the popping sound that you hear (and don't feel) might well be scar tissue interfering with other perfectly healthy lean tissue through specific movements.

I've had both of my knees rebuilt (ACL & MCL) after decades of damage from playing basketball. I've also had one shoulder "tuned-up" from sports related wear n' tear. In all three cases I experienced popping sounds & pain for a number of years prior to the individual fixes. Following all three surgeries, throughout my formal rehabs, I was disappointed to experience the recurrence of similar audible popping and connected pain. My orthopedic surgeon told me that it was a natural phenomenon and that in time, given proper/regular therapy, it would go away. He was right.

I find it important to pay very careful attention to proper warm-up before heavy lifting. Additionally, I make damn sure that I keep my knees strictly in the planes formed by my thigh (femur) and lower leg (tibia & fibula) ... not twisting, no wrenching. As previously noted, warming up with a stationary bike helps (strictly respecting the planes limitation noted).

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If your knee starts catching lo locking see a doctor immediately. It usually a torn medial masniscus and if you get to the doc in time, it can be repaired instead of removed.