Day by day we bend our knee to an average of 5000 Times. No wonder, then, that the joints will crack at some point and crunch. What is the meaning of these noises and when to see a doctor should go, explains Professor Dr. Sven Ostermeier, a senior orthopaedic surgeon and knee expert, the joint-clinic Gundelfingen.

Our knees have to withstand No other joint is daily burdened and stressed like this. At each knee flexion, the joint is wearing the Seven – to-eight times our weight. That it cracks because of the short or long term in the joint, is actually not surprising. "We need to make us nicht", Ostermeier says. Cause is a weak thigh muscles, or a harmless Leg deformity in most cases. "As a result, the kneecap moves not so smooth and silent in its sliding groove." Occur in addition to the Crack pain, should the doctor be consulted.

Crunch verrät Knorpelschäthe

Is listening instead of cracking a crunch, similar to the Grinding of a coffee mill, caution should be exercised. "This is always a sign of a Knorpelschaden", Easter Meier warns. In many cases a strong friction or a false pressure on the kneecap over a longer period of time are the cause. Thus, the joint wear progresses, orthopedic help needed: In the early stage of osteoarthritis deposits, Gymnastics and muscle-building can bring relief. In addition, orthopedic surgeons recommend movement. Metabolism and blood circulation in the knee joint with the right Training to significantly improve. In the case of existing complaints of the feet or knee joints Easter advises Meier, to keep prior to the sport beginning with the doctor.

Quick-Test revealed risks

If you want to know if your knees crack and crunch, this Quick-Test information: "Sitting on a chair, a Hand on the knee and then repeatedly bend and strecken", Professor Ostermeier advises. Significant noise and/or the patella to be felt, it was time to go to the orthopedist.


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