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Greg Davis 08-11-2006 02:40 PM

I've hesistated to ask about this for a long time but I figure its worth looking into for long term's sake. I have no pain whatsoever but when I do deep squats I hear a slight click/crack in my right knee. Its pretty minor, sounds a bit worse if I use bad form, but even with perfect form I hear something. Deep lunges, and pistols on that knee also make the sound. I'm willing to bet there are others that experience the same thing.

About 6 months ago I went to a physiotherapist for an opinion but as soon as he said "what are deep squats", I was like okay I'm outta here.

Rene Renteria 08-12-2006 06:14 PM

I developed this as well after about 9 months or a year of CrossFit. I'm not sure what led to it but suspect poor squat form, which I have subsequently fixed (using Rippetoe's _Starting Strength_). The clicking has remained. Recently, something happened to make it more uncomfortable (I think it was hard (for me) quarter mile intervals on a treadmill). I get discomfort now at the top and top-front of my left patella and think it may be patellar/quad tendonitis, which I think would be better than meniscal problems.

No solutions here, just responding to your bet that others have gotten this. Other threads have suggested clicking results from meniscal damage. I haven't done anything about this, other than take ibuprofen and extra rest days (too many!).

Please post here if you find out anything definitive about your knee.

Good luck,
PS--I used the treadmill because I was in Palm Springs and it was 120degF outside!

Yael Grauer 08-12-2006 07:27 PM

I noticed that my knee stopped clicking when I made my squats wider--my knees at a 45 instead of a 33, keeping them out instead of in the whole entire time. Maybe someone else can explain this too.

Frank M Needham 08-13-2006 12:35 PM

My knees used to make some snap-crackle-pop kinda like what you speak of. This was years ago and I'd forgotten about it but just recalled it since you mentioned it. It also occurred during squats. In my case I now figure it was some sort of repetive injury stress causing it though I couldn't even begin to explain why. Another factor for me was having a job which required my pushing heavy loads through casinos all day long to the tune of about 14 miles/day on carpeted concrete. At one point severe tendonitis developed and the only remedy I found was deep stretching. One technique I used was deep knee bends, sitting with my butt hunkered down to the ground almost, for about 15-20 minutes at a time. Another one I found that worked was to sit with my feet and lower legs tucked under my rear with all my body weight over my feet. Soles of my feet pointed up, tops to the floor. Again, for 15-20 minutes at a time. Soon the tension in my knees resolved and I had no more pain or popping.

(Message edited by fmn on August 13, 2006)

Allison Barns 08-14-2006 04:55 PM

My left knee has clicked for many months now (and that's many months prior to starting Crossfit as I am quite the newbie!). No pain, just clicking. My chiropractor did some work on it to no avail. His latest suggestion - strengthen the muscles around the knee and don't worry about it unless pain develops. As he said, 'more things click and groan as we age.' Since I started Crossfit, I've had less clicking. I get lots of clicking after sitting at my desk for a long time (hmmm???). Reading your post reminded me of this additional benefit I've had since starting Crossfit!

Allen Yeh 08-15-2006 03:08 AM

I'm with Yael, when I adjust my squat stance I go from clicking to none. For me it was similiar, mostly a matter widening my stance a little and pointing my toes out.

Aaron Markovich 08-15-2006 08:56 AM

Wow, I'm glad someone started this thread. I have the exact same problem. My knees have always clicked during heavy or light lifting even with correct form. Also, sitting for a long time on the job has caused my knees to click more frequently.

Recently, I have been encountering a sharp stressfull pain in my left knee just below the cap after doing pistols. Has anybody else encountered this type of injury? I'd love to hear more on this topic.

As Frank has suggested I'll have to try some of the deep stretches.

Allan Fisher 08-16-2006 06:09 PM

In the course of rehabbing my knee from multiple injuries, the thing that has consistently helped is to get it really warmed up, typically with 10 brisk minutes on the exercise bike, before squatting.

Yael Grauer 08-16-2006 07:02 PM

Also this badass crossfitter I met informed me that I need to stretch my IT band in every warmup or there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Lori Vescio 08-17-2006 06:35 AM

Ok, everything on me clicks and cracks (and I mean [i]everything[/i]). I could never sneak up on anyone.

Things do settle down as I get warm. But I go back to being all kinds of creaky a few hours later. I've been this way since I was a kid.

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