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Re: [AT-L] Knee pops

Sandra writes:
> Has anyone else had problems with knee pops on climbing? Used to be just on
> steep climbs, now it happens to me too frequently, including just climbing
> the stairs. I had a bone scan two years ago but nothing showed, not even
> arthritis. Knee makes a cracking sound and feels like a bone is slipping.
> Worried about this re:long distance hiking. Suggestions/comments? - Sandy
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I have heard of a disorder called Patellar Tracking Disorder in which the 
patella does not move smoothly along the knee joint.  It can be caused by 
a variety of reasons such as differences in cartilage density as well as 
tightness in tendons/ligaments that surround the knee and pull the 
patella off-track.  I don't know if there is a satisfactory treatment for 
the disorder.  I have the same problem but only when I am standing up 
from a deep knee bend or the like.  I don't know if it's really a problem 
but you might want to mention it to your doctor on your next visit.  Good