Clicking Knees Cause Early Arthritis without Proper Knee Treatment!

Clicking knees are abnormal and possibly an early warning sign of arthritis.

The main cause of clicking knee(s) is broken cartilage grinding in your joint.

The  knee cap rubs creating the noise. Not the common myth that it’s gas being released in the soft tissue.

The Medical Diagnosis is Chondromalacia

Doctors often miss the diagnosis because chondromalacia doesn’t show on X-rays or MRI scans.
If you don’t have knee pain or aches yet you usually will later on Clicking Knees is a potentially serious knee problem that leads to early old age arthritis without proper treatment.

The Secret to Long-Lasting Knee Pain Relief that Saves Your Clicking Knee(s) from Crippling Arthritis

If you have clicking knees playing sports, climbing stairs, running,walking and jumping or even just bending, then you probably have a common knee problem called Patello-femoral Syndrome (P.F.S), Runner’s knee or Chondromalacia. Clicking knees cause early knee arthritis and if left untreated results in a total knee replacement!

What Causes Clicking Knees?

Early damage to the knee cap (patella) cartilage with mal-tracking of the knee cap usually resulting in pain and inflammation.

Often this cartilage damage progresses over time to full common knee arthritis or osteoarthritis. Signs and Symptoms – usually mild intermittent swelling with pain around knee cap ( aka patella knee pain) or more commonly on inside (medial).

Knee pain is worse during activities like running, jumping, squatting, kneeling, sitting, doing stairs and standing.

You feel better with rest, ice and inactivity.

Diagnostic Testing – diagnosis is best by history, symptoms and physical exam.

Knee arthroscopy will confirm diagnosis but is not really needed or recommended. X-rays and MRI scans will usually read as normal.

Common Causes – poor joint mechanics from misaligned bones often with functionally flat feet (overpronation) leads to knee cap (patella) mal-tracking which irritates and eventually wears the back of the kneecap cartilage.

3-Step Treatment

Reduce Inflammation and Pain – ice, *natural anti-inflammatory supplements and treatments – not drugs, knee brace, patellar taping (McConnell), knee exercises for joint synovial fluid movement and VMO strengthening, physical therapy.

Find and Correct the Cause – knee exercises, arch support inserts (foot orthotics), proper shoes, knee pads, avoid eating inflammatory foods.

Prevent Knee Pain and Inflammation from Returning – knee exercises to strengthen weak muscles, strength weight training, cardiovascular fitness, foot inserts (orthotics), proper shoes, anti-inflammatory diet, fish oil, vitamin D3 supplementation to normal levels, natural anti-inflammatory supplements with healthy-joint nutrients

*Anti-inflammatory drugs are not recommended as a first choice for two reasons: serious side effects like bleeding ulcers, heart attacks and pre-mature death; and, this class of drugs actually accelerates cartilage damage causing common arthritis up to three times faster.

Natural Anti-inflammatories with healthy joint nutrients are a much superior choice because they relieve pain and inflammation while rebuilding and protecting cartilage.

Last Resort and All-Else-Fails Common Knee Treatments – anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, Hyaluronic injections, Knee Replacement Surgery .

A final word of warning here – I’ve seen Doctors recommend either cortisone or Hyaluronic acid injections (Synvisc) for Pre-arthritis.

Cortisone softens and increases cartilage damage.

In my experience, Hyaluronic acid injections are a minimally-effective treatment for common knee arthritis and have no place in the treatment of Pre-arthritis or Patellar Femoral Syndrome knee pain.

Also, micro fracture surgery has been a big failure.

The author had one and it was bad.


Other causes of knee cap pain – Chronic Subluxing or Dislocating Kneecap (Patella) Osteoarthritis or common arthritis Patellar Tendonitis (Osgood-Schlatter Disease in teens and children) Pre-patellar Bursitis Quadriceps Tendonitis Knee cap (patella) dislocation or Subluxation – swelling is usually severe.

Knee joint pain is usually on the inside (medial). Knee cap usually dislocates (slides) too far to the outside.

Dr. Paul’s Comments

Please have your knee examined by a doctor to confirm your diagnosis and treatments. Hopefully, this helps you find the answer for your knee problem “clicking knees”.