I have been having this issue for a couple of months now. My knee will start making a cracking sound/or poping sound when I walk. It is not painfull usually but I can be sure that the next day or so I will be in much pain but the cracking/poping sound is no longer there. It hurts when I bend it, it hurts when I walk. It hurts all around the knee, front and back, down the front of my leg even. I have been taking over the recommended dose of Motrin and it doesn't seem to be working. Is this something that you have heard of before? Do I need to see a doctor or can i try some things at home?
Any help would be appreciated.
The symptoms you describe can be related to a number of things. As the popping/cracking does not cause pain I do not believe that it is in any way the cause of your pain. More importantly is the fact that you cannot bend it and that you have pain with walking.
What I would suggest is that you start icing the front and back of your knee, 15 minutes at a time, three times a day. Avoid extended walking and stairs. If possible, try using a stationary bike for 5-10 min every day. Finally, try the exercises listed on this page:
I'm not saying that you have knee arthritis, just that these exercises would be helpful based on your symptoms. If you are consistent with this program for four weeks but continue to have pain, see an orthopedic physician.
Hope this helps.
~JTrempe PT, ATC