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Is this crunching sound normal???

Apr 05, 2015 1:15 AM

So a question for anyone who has input...
Last fall while doing some range of motion work with my PT we stumbled upon a motion that produced a loud "Klunk" every time my leg passes a certain point in the motion both up and down.... So lying on my back, knees bent and pulled up toward my chest, slowly while holding the lower extremities in position, arms not stretched out flat as stabilizers I rotate from hips to left, center, right. Repeated several times then while rotatin knees together to the right he had me straighten the top leg (L) and move it up toward my head evenly with the floor then back straight away from my head... EVERY time in one spot it would KLUNK... He heard it and could feel it also.

Now the Klunk has been replaced by a grating crunching sound that can be heard several feet away. It only happens when going to the right. Silence going left. If that description was clear as mud does anyone know what that is??

Apr 05, 2015 6:02 AM

Any history of bone spurs in the knees or hips? Any pain associated with it? To me, honestly it sounds like a bone spur In that area. My knee does the same thing, only going to the right but it's more like a crunching sound as well.

Apr 05, 2015 6:20 AM

My knee made similar sounds when I had a torn meniscus. Currently my hips "klunk" at a certain point. I am guessing something is in there catching then finally "giving" at that point.

Apr 05, 2015 6:33 AM

Well every time I get to get up stand from a sitting kitchen chair my back snap and pops loud and the doctors have heard tis and they just replyed you need a shot of Wd40 or 3in one oil and smile under my breath I just say one of these days. Lol

Apr 05, 2015 7:49 AM

My back does that. Any ideas?

Apr 05, 2015 8:39 AM

I have it in my neck, I think it could be bone on bone rubbing together. But that's just a guess on my part.

Apr 05, 2015 1:48 PM

I had that to begin with , than got worse and worse was diagnosed with Jhm and seven years later with ospteoporosis , now. Every joint Klunk from head to toe , every day oh yes now in wheelchair !

Apr 05, 2015 4:16 PM

Honeybee I'm sorry to here that. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

Apr 05, 2015 6:15 PM

Mine is in my spine about L2... I think I rambled trying to describe the movement and made it difficult to follow my run on sentences. It's a range of motion stretch for my lumbar and hips but the sound happens with my leg extended and moving.

It doesn't hurt while I'm testing it but hella sore afterward. I don't have any history of Spurs or arthritis. But the L2 area is the main source of spinal pain since my work injury.

I just REALLY want to understand it!!! Mri shows 4 or 5 mildly bulging discs elsewhere but nothing else...

Apr 05, 2015 8:14 PM

I have crunching sounds in both knees. If I put my hands on my knee caps and move my legs I can feel it. While my right causes no pain, I have a large bone spur on the lower leg bone that gets pinched by the kneecap when I straighten out my leg. The doc wants to take it out but they won't do anything until after they know what's causing my tremors and weakness.

Apr 06, 2015 6:29 PM

Come to think of it, my right knee at one point did seem to make that same klunk kind of sound. We figured it might have just been torn or damaged cartlige, but since I'm overweight, he won't fix it so I have to live with it.

Apr 07, 2015 7:00 AM

I have crunching and clunking in both of my knees. I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in both knees as well.

Apr 12, 2015 6:29 PM

That crunching sound that you are hearing is known as crepitus. I is the grinding sound of bone on bone or a bone spur that is grinding into bone. Either way, it is something that is degenerative and eventually will cause further complications. Have them do an xray and see if there is any sign of bone spurs or floating pieces of bone that may have been chipped away. I also had that sound happening when my meniscus was torn because the bone wore through it and then ground down the joint to the point that it was bleeding and completely misshapen. I hope you get to the bottom of it. It is never a normal noise to have happen, it is indicating that there is a problem somewhere. Now, when I close the fingers on my right hand, you can hear the crunching of each and every one of my joints crunching clear across the room. It is a new problem and a new area of really bad pain. Last time this happened, they had to rebuild my thumb joint and repair all the ligaments in it. I hope that they can help you. All the best, I'll be thinking of you and you'll be in my prayers..

Apr 12, 2015 7:28 PM

I have a weird shoulder pop.
I've never thought of calling it a crunching sound.
I can pop every part of my body.
it is really strange.
my dad is said it is not popping that is happening because if my joints were popping then I wouldn't be able to do it over and over and over again right after each other.
I think he's right.
when I pop my knuckles, I can only do it once in awhile but with my shoulders I can tug on my elbows and you can hear the pop run all the way from my wrist up to my shoulder.
I don't think the crunching sound is normal.
I also have back problems.
good luck!


Apr 12, 2015 8:27 PM

Ferretbandit, the popping sound comes from the tendons & ligaments sliding over the joints. The orthopedist doctor told me that about my hips popping.

Apr 13, 2015 1:26 AM

I have crunching in my knee due to an ugly miniscus mishap, should have had it taken care of years ago.
The grinding I hear in my back is in the L2-3 area during a certain range of motion stretch laying on my back knees pulled up, rotated together to the right then extending the left leg and move it toward rt shoulder and staying straightened back in line with body... It doesn't hurt with the sound but others can definitely hear it and it's pretty sore after... Not sure if I explained that well enough for anyone to visualize

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