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    NonStop is offline Senior Member
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    Default Both my knees crackle when I squat - bad sign?

    Whenever I squat, BW, assisted, goblet - whatever, my knees crackle a lot on both sides. Is this a bad sign? I'm fine on swings and deadlifts, but if I squat my knees crackle loads. Should I stop squatting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NonStop View Post
    Whenever I squat, BW, assisted, goblet - whatever, my knees crackle a lot on both sides. Is this a bad sign? I'm fine on swings and deadlifts, but if I squat my knees crackle loads. Should I stop squatting?
    I'm guessing they crack at the bottom, since they dont on swings and DLs, right?
    Do they crack on each rep, or just once, on the first rep?
    Does it hurt? This is a biggie.
    Are you squatting correctly? The knee should BARELY go forward during a BW squat. If you go all the way down, it's natural that it moves forward, but shouldn't be going past the toes (though this depends on your body structure though).

    Try holding on to a wall, and squat all the way down keeping the shin perpendicular. Does it crack there?

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    Mine have sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispie's for years-snap, crackle, pop. I've never been concerned with them until there has been pain. You might try some joint mobility movements from Super Joints to help those out.
    Last edited by Rob Drewry; 04-17-2011 at 06:11 PM.

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    Mine crack when doing squats, too. No pain here either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NonStop View Post
    Whenever I squat, BW, assisted, goblet - whatever, my knees crackle a lot on both sides. Is this a bad sign? I'm fine on swings and deadlifts, but if I squat my knees crackle loads. Should I stop squatting?
    I have this same problem. I asked my doctor about it and he said its fine as long as there is no pain...

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    My knees have cracked since I was a small child - been squatting for decades without problems.

    Your knees are not my knees however - I would get it checked if it's a concern.
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    No pain whatsoever.

    They crackle even when I do hold onto a door handle or something, and do perfect form without my knees moving forward whatsoever.

    Will check with my gp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NonStop View Post
    No pain whatsoever.

    They crackle even when I do hold onto a door handle or something, and do perfect form without my knees moving forward whatsoever.

    Will check with my gp.
    You shouldn't have to worry much then. If it's only pain, and it occurs once complete flexion is done, it can be simple "bubbles" escaping from the joints under pressure.
    IF they crack after each rep, it could be cartilage rubbing on bone. If they only crack once at the first rep, it is probably the bubbles thing (once they escape, it takes a good 30ish min. before the gas in the joint is "replaced").

    Check anyhow! The knee is, IMO, THE most fragile joint (with the shoulder closely behind).

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    Post a video to clear technique as a problem.

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