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Sports Medicine

Knee Pain

01/11/2011

Question:

when i walk my knee pops and it hurts what can i do about it

Answer:

If you've not already done so, you should first be evaluated by your primary care physician who can take a medical history, perform a physical examination, and if necessary, perform imaging studies to determine a proper diagnosis, upon which an appropriate treatment plan needs to be based.

Knee popping and pain symptoms can have a number of possible causes, including problems with your kneecap (patella) properly "tracking" or staying in its groove, a thickened fold of tissue within the knee called a plica, degenerative changes (arthritis) involving the knee joint surfaces, a torn cartilage (meniscus), or a loose tissue fragment (composed of cartilage/bone).

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University