knee poping after ACL surgery

by gary coon
(missouri)

Why is my knee poping after having ACL recontructive surgery 2 years ago. Sometimes it pops in the morning real loud my wife can even hear it. I does get a little sore sometimes. It does give me a little discomfort sometimes but i do take medicine for the discomfort.

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Jan 24, 2014
notchplasty NEW
by: jamie england

i have had this problem post op the popping or clunking sound so i went to my surgeon and explained this to him he gave me an mri to check the new hamstring graft and he told me that the graft he had put in looked much better when he put it in than it did on the mri he told me that the graft is catching a peice of bone basically struming it like you would a guitar this is causing the pain and horrific klunking sound i think they call the proceedure a notchplasty when they drill the holes sometimes there not big enough or a bone could be in the way get it checked it could be whats wrong and with every unusual sound you hear it could be damaging your new graft

Oct 21, 2013
Ouch NEW
by: Anonymous

My knee clicks after 27 months and i also have pain in my hips now

Aug 24, 2013
What's going on NEW
by: Anonymous

Alright so I blew out my act in Afghanistan got the surgery
And 3 months later it happened again so guessing the surgery
Didn't work well had it a 2nd time an now I here popping when I straight it out and bend it weird cause it feels strong no weak mess am at at about 4 months post op and still haveing pain donno whats wrong would go to dr but everyone stupid at the va anyone have anything for me ???

Apr 14, 2013
1 year post left acl and miniscus NEW
by: Anonymous

Ive had the same problem. I went back to the doc. Last week and evveeything is fine. As long as its nit swollen every thing is ok

Mar 22, 2013
Year and 4 months pop out problem NEW
by: Aurimas

Well as i sad a year and 4 months ago i i had aclr i started playing ball after 9 from having aclr. I was taking easy geting in shape and my kne was geting stro ger end better. I played 5 to 7 games this seasson btw i play basketball and it felt good i even start dunking again and had no trouble. Today i was playin at the game and dunked over my oponet and landed very badly. I fell a pop out and back in my operated knee and my kne was hurting normaly. Not that as much as it was first tima i tear it. After that my knee was sore but i can bend my leg fully even know it does hurt just a little bit. It happen today and now my kne is still sore but as i can see there is no swelliing on my knee and i can bend it all the way. Did i torn my acl again or is it just a pull coz i am realy scared that it happen again...

Mar 22, 2013
Year and 4 months pop out problem NEW
by: Aurimas

Well as i sad a year and 4 months ago i i had aclr i started playing ball after 9 from having aclr. I was taking easy geting in shape and my kne was geting stro ger end better. I played 5 to 7 games this seasson btw i play basketball and it felt good i even start dunking again and had no trouble. Today i was playin at the game and dunked over my oponet and landed very badly. I fell a pop out and back in my operated knee and my kne was hurting normaly. Not that as much as it was first tima i tear it. After that my knee was sore but i can bend my leg fully even know it does hurt just a little bit. It happen today and now my kne is still sore but as i can see there is no swelliing on my knee and i can bend it all the way. Did i torn my acl again or is it just a pull coz i am realy scared that it happen again...

Feb 27, 2013
No pop, no swelling but s'thing def. wrong with my ACL NEW
by: Jen

I really need some input. I've never really had joint issues. I mtn biked all summer, through mid-sept. At the end of Nov. after not much exercise I joined a gym. I made the mistake of going for my first workout right when my hormones were tanking and over the first few workouts I felt a little pain on the treadmill in my knees, and in my elbows on the weights. Got home, never any swelling but painful inflammation, never heard a pop. For the first time in my life my knee felt stiff when sitting cross-legged. I was pretty uncomfortable but could walk with a limp. My guess is I stretched out (or tore) my ACL.

After that it felt disconnected. I started taking marshmallow root for the inflammation (huge help!) and red root to drain it. That combo did wonders for it. Then I heard biking was ok and am able to bike pretty hard on it. But if I don't bike for a few days, or the weather is cold it bothers me more. I can hop up on a curb but I can tell something wrong deep inside my knee. There is a clicking in it when I swing it.

Once I figured out how messed up my joints were I got on glucos/chon, MSM and bromelain. I'm 46, slim, and in good shape. I take a lot of supplements, feel like I'm getting everything I need. I can only bend it back to w/in about 2 inches of my butt. If I go any further -- super sharp pain. It's completely stiff past there.

I started ultrasound (at home) today. I'm hoping if it is scar tissue that will help. I'm glad the one sport I love, the mtn. biking, I can still do but I'm pretty sad at the thought of never being able to sprint on the beach again. Since there was never a pop or serious swelling, is there a chance I can bring this thing back to life? It's been just shy of 3 months. I only started the biking again 3-4 weeks ago. Sometimes I can put all my weight on it, lean on it when I'm standing in line, but on the bad days I can't. I wouldn't dare run on it.

I can't afford med. treatment right now. I'm continuing to work on the quad/hamstring, on just keeping the whole leg as strong as I can. WOMEN: Be very careful about working out when your progesterone levels are low. This can weaken muscles and ligaments. I noticed for years that during PMS I had this feeling for hours at a time that one or both knees felt disconnected. Never understood what it was. Now I do. Thanks in advance for any input.

Do you think there's any hope?

Feb 19, 2013
7 Years After ACL Recon Sugery NEW
by: Gary

I torn right knee ACL and part of Meniscus playing basketball in April 2006, and I received ACL Recon surgery in November 2006. Being a 3~5 months physical therapy and starting playing basketball again! But I have been noticing a pop sound after I straight strength and my knee cap is kind of not tight and you can move it , don't know how to describe but it's not same as my left knee! Also, sometime my right knee front is still pain, the pain position is the position when I torn my ACL but pain didn't go out after ACL Recon surgery. But my knee feel a little bit stable after surgery! Now I am still playing basketball and doing swimming, jogging, running and cycling in the gym. (Take Move Free "Glucosamine" now)

Feb 03, 2013
odd feeling under knee cap NEW
by: Anonymous

ACL recon 2 weeks ago. Recovery is going quite well. However, I have a off and on issue - hard to explain, but, all of a sudden I have this strange feeling inside my knee, like when I bend or am walking, it will feel like there is something in there that my knee cap is rolling over it. I truly don't know how to explain this, but when it happens it makes my knee collapse... I'm heading to the PT today and will ask her - just wanted to post and see if anyone else has had this occur. thanks

Jan 18, 2013
2 weeks post op surgery feeling clicking noise in my right knee NEW
by: Anonymous

i had surgery 2 weeks ago and about a couple nights ago i was positioning myself in my sleep and i felt a click or pop i don't know what it really was but i am concerned that maybe i hurt my ligaments again even though i have been going to therapy and been walking using my crutches...my therapist says im doing just great and my doctor even looked at it and said im doing fine as well...but i am concerened that this pop might have been something serious even though my exercises in therapy are going well...if anyone has an explanation to this maybe it might be scar tissue then i would like some info please.

Jan 04, 2013
acl tear NEW
by: Anonymous

I had acl reconstructive surgery over 15 years ago. I tore it playing football. I was able to play sports the following year but decided to not play football. Also, the meniscus was pretty shot. After surgery my knee would crack and pop.but it feels very good when it pops. My acl surgery went well and is very tight. I played sports for many years after. But the only problem I have had is a deep burning inside the knee cap. Apparently I brusied the bone morrow in the knee cap from running a lot. Usually a new acl will hold well and should be stronger than your other acl. I have gone 15 years and sometimes i want the knee to cack. Usually a good way to stretch it is to let you leg bend while going down an escultor at a shopping mall.

Jan 04, 2013
acl tear NEW
by: Anonymous

I had acl reconstructive surgery over 15 years ago. I tore it playing football. I was able to play sports the following year but decided to not play football. Also, the meniscus was pretty shot. After surgery my knee would crack and pop.but it feels very good when it pops. My acl surgery went well and is very tight. I played sports for many years after. But the only problem I have had is a deep burning inside the knee cap. Apparently I brusied the bone morrow in the knee cap from running a lot. Usually a new acl will hold well and should be stronger than your other acl. I have gone 15 years and sometimes i want the knee to cack. Usually a good way to stretch it is to let you leg bend while going down an escultor at a shopping mall.

Dec 07, 2012
ACLR NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello Everyone! I had anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). I am now 4 months post surgery, and I am experiencing some clicking maybe popping noises on the operate knee. It usually happens when I straighten or bend the knee. Earlier in my recovery it was more severe, and it will lock/buckle as well. The locking rarely occurs now but it was due to weak quads muscles. I am hoping that as my leg muscle recuperate and get stronger the clicking noise and rare buckling will go away. So here is my advice, continue strengthening the muscles around the knees with exercise. Also make sure you follow your surgeon's and physical therapist instructions as to what exercises you should be performing at the stage you are, you might not be ready for some exercise and performing them can result in re-injury.Make sure you exercise if you want to get better, you should not experience excruciating pain or swelling during your 'workout' Good luck in your recovery :)

Oct 17, 2012
2 1/2 Years on NEW
by: Carla B

I had surgery in March 2010 for torn meniscus and a repair.

My knee is better than it was, but I cannot bend my knee to the side, walk up steps straight. My knee will not lay flat in bed. I still have popping and locking, and I do still have pain.

I have been seeing my surgeaon since surgery and he has now come up with: ''There are arthritic changes in the knee now!!''

I just cannot beleive the amount of people, not just on this site, but around the world who do not get a good knee after surgery.

I sincerely think the orthopeadic surgeons should take notice of their patients.

''IF YOU CANT FIX IT LEAVE IT TO SOMEONE WHO CAN''

Oct 16, 2012
Knee popping post 6 months NEW
by: Dylan

I tore my ACL and part of my Meniscus playing football last fall, and i received surgery for it in April. Being month 6, my doctor recently released me to go back to playing football. My knee is very strong and does not have too much discomfort during exercise, not even swelling much. But I have been noticing a popping sound when i go up and down the stairs or run above 60%. It isnt painful but feels mostly like popping your knuckles. My doctor tells me that it is the scar tissue that is clicking onto the cartilage in the middle of the knee. Im only 17 so arthritis cannot be a possible factor

Sep 19, 2012
over a year out NEW
by: Anonymous

I also am a little more than a year past surgery for a torn acl and meniscus tear from a canoeing accident. I am not having the same problem as all of you but just after I got past 6 months I started having problems with not being able to bend my legs sideways like you might sit on the floor. If I do it tries to lock and is instant pain and I actually have to move it by hand to straighten it out. My orthopedist thinks it might be arthritis but I just don't buy that. I still will get a pain other times just moving but most times it is fine. Before I tore my acl I had been dealing with a problem ITB Band and I am wondering if that is really what is going on. It stays slightly swollen on the outside of my leg at my knee and above where the ITB Band runs. Anybody else have this happen

Sep 19, 2012
over a year out NEW
by: Anonymous

I also am a little more than a year past surgery for a torn acl and meniscus tear from a canoeing accident. I am not having the same problem as all of you but just after I got past 6 months I started having problems with not being able to bend my legs sideways like you might sit on the floor. If I do it tries to lock and is instant pain and I actually have to move it by hand to straighten it out. My orthopedist thinks it might be arthritis but I just don't buy that. I still will get a pain other times just moving but most times it is fine. Before I tore my acl I had been dealing with a problem ITB Band and I am wondering if that is really what is going on. It stays slightly swollen on the outside of my leg at my knee and above where the ITB Band runs. Anybody else have this happen

Sep 19, 2012
over a year out NEW
by: Anonymous

I also am a little more than a year past surgery for a torn acl and meniscus tear from a canoeing accident. I am not having the same problem as all of you but just after I got past 6 months I started having problems with not being able to bend my legs sideways like you might sit on the floor. If I do it tries to lock and is instant pain and I actually have to move it by hand to straighten it out. My orthopedist thinks it might be arthritis but I just don't buy that. I still will get a pain other times just moving but most times it is fine. Before I tore my acl I had been dealing with a problem ITB Band and I am wondering if that is really what is going on. It stays slightly swollen on the outside of my leg at my knee and above where the ITB Band runs. Anybody else have this happen

Sep 18, 2012
A year and a bit after surgery... NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey everyone, I also tore my acl and shattered the meniscus in my knee snowboarding. I was told it was just a bad sprain and to continue snowboarding.. so I did but every time I went over a jump and landed properly it felt like my bones were sliding against each other... I kept telling the doctors this for 3 months after the first injury had happened. After about the 6th or 7th visit to the doctor they finally sent me to a specialist and I got into surgery 2 months after. My recovery wen't perfectly not a single issue and still keep up with my physio and exercises. But now a year and a month later I have started having some issues.. Occasionally when I am sitting down I will go to stand up or move my leg and it is just stuck there and it feels as if the bones have dislocated and locked up in a different place and I experience pain until they pop back in place... then my knee feels perfectly fine again.. but yet again every time I go see the doctor they say there is nothing wrong... does anyone else have this issue or know what is going on with it?
--chels.

Sep 18, 2012
2 ACL Reconstuctions+ 2 menescal repair & Still have Severe Pain and Knee Locking! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all,
I was a basketball player since a really young age and tore my ACL back in 2005 and got 1 ACL reconstuction surgery in 2009 & the 2nd 3 months back..The reason I got the 2nd reconstruction was the knee locks I started having earlier this year on my knee, so obviously worried, went to the doc and got an MRI done and the reconstructed ACL(patella graft) had become loose over the period of 3 yrs.. So had to get another ACL recon.. this time it was the Hamstring that went in. 3 months post surgery, i have acute shooting pains on a few selected days and cant put my body weight on it.. I only weigh 75kgs.. Have resumed back to work, but the problem is that I have already had knee lock and bucking 2 times post surgery.. It makes me think if I did the right thing to have gone through the misery of the Revision ACL recon(2nd surgery) again!!! The issue persists..
Regards!!
Docs have no soultion for the knee locking and buckling yet.. And I come from a country where doctors do Miracle.. :P
Thinking of suing the doctor!

Aug 20, 2012
Knee popping NEW
by: McKenna

I had ACL and LCL reconstruction surgery 7 months ago, and have made a lot of progress. I am able to run on a track and am doing a lot of strengthening exercises. My surgeon told me that I might be able to resume competetive horseback riding in two months...when I'm 9 months out, instead of a year. I've had occasional popping in the front of my knee and really no pain...but I went to the beach last week and was in the waves a lot, and ever since then my knee pops a lot. Even when I'm walking. It now cracks loudly every time I do a squat. I've been on it a lot in the last week, and am nervous to get back into my strengthening routine with it popping and hurting, in case I overwork it. Anyone have any similar experiences?

Aug 17, 2012
9 months! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there, uh like many of you I had an ACL reconstruction, I tore it skiing in January and had surgery in February and I was actually a little worried about it, if I had retorn it while playing catch in the water and twisted fairly hard. My knee clicks when I straighten it and the bones seem to shift a bit when I stand, also my left ACL is a LOT looser than the right one, but apparently it's all fine. So you most likely don't have to worry at all. Good luck to you :)

Aug 09, 2012
Snapping noise and slight shift. NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL done january this year and it's finally started to settle down with the swelling, but it makes this crack noise and shifts a little bit to the side most mornings in the shower, other than than that there is no pain I'm just doing squats and using the bike trainer in top gear whenever I get a chance. Haven't contemplated jogging yet still got the fear factor. Hopefully it's all good. Get well people!! :-)

Jul 31, 2012
Some encouragement NEW
by: Alan Ogunnaike

Hey guys,

I, like many of you, have been dealing with knee trouble for sometime now. I torn my ACL and meniscus in a car accident 4 years ago and didn't have enough insurance coverage to move forward with surgery. I went on with my daily life in struggle; no more sports, dancing, or even jogging, causing me to put on some weight.
Since then I've learned that there are a few low impact sports I could do like cycling. It's been great! Cycling, along with a healthy diet, has helped me shed off those extra pounds and build up my muscles.
I was finally able to get my knee taken care of. I had surgery 7 weeks ago and things are moving steadily along. Believe me it was a struggle, but because I built up muscle before having surgery I'm advancing much faster than most, says my PT.
Things aren't all perfect; I'm still suffering with swelling, and clicking noises, but with hard work I'm sure I'll be fine. I'd be happy even if my knee never fully recovered as long as I can dance with my fiancé at least 1 more time. In the end it will be all worth it.
Good luck to all of you, I wish you a fast healthy recovery.

Jul 31, 2012
Some encouragement NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey guys,

I, like many of you, have been dealing with knee trouble for sometime now. I torn my ACL and meniscus in a car accident 4 years ago and didn't have enough insurance coverage to move forward with surgery. I went on with my daily life in struggle; no more sports, dancing, or even jogging, causing me to put on some weight.
Since then I've learned that there are a few low impact sports I could do like cycling. It's been great! Cycling, along with a healthy diet, has helped me shed off those extra pounds and build up my muscles.
I was finally able to get my knee taken care of. I had surgery 7 weeks ago and things are moving steadily along. Believe me it was a struggle, but because I built up muscle before having surgery I'm advancing much faster than most, says my PT.
Things aren't all perfect; I'm still suffering with swelling, and clicking noises, but with hard work I'm sure I'll be fine. I'd be happy even if my knee never fully recovered as long as I can dance with my fiancé at least 1 more time. In the end it will be all worth it.
Good luck to all of you, I wish you a fast healthy recovery.

Jul 25, 2012
Knee Shifts 2 yrs post op NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone,
Hi had acl surgery with meniscus repair in December of 2010. Two months into physical therapy my knee buckled, I was told by the doctor that my ligaments were not strong enough yet. Anyway I finished physical therapy, had a brace prescribed for me. I ask for a medical release so I could return to baseball, and was told they don't give medical releases, has anyone ever heard of that? Now, my knee has never felt completely normal and shifts from time to time. I also looked up the brace that was prescribed for me and saw pictures of a proper fit, my brace looks like it never had a proper fit.
This was a school injury and I have missed 2 seasons of baseball already. This was covered by school insurance and I'm not sure they will still cover it, this concerns me because I don't have insurance coverage. I would really appreciate any feedback or suggestions. I so want to play baseball tryouts are in mid August.

Jun 12, 2012
knee popping after ACL surgery NEW
by: Jeff T.

November of 2010 I had an ACL repair using part of the patellar tendon. Subsequent follow up appointments I expressed to the surgeon how painful my knee felt and how it was popping all the time. He basically told me to take more Tylenol (I don't do well with Ibprofen). I was taking so much Tylenol I began to have side effects but I believed my surgeon that this was all normal. Well finally I got a second opinion and low and behold the surgeon had left a 1.5 CM bone fragment now encased in scar tissue behind my patellar. If the ACL surgeon had really listened to me he could have done a simple in office X-ray to see the big chuck of bone he neglected to get out. I mean it is right by the ACL how could he have missed that! So I had it removed by another surgeon the other day and magically the pressure, pain and popping are gone! So 18 months of needless pain and suffering. Oh well at least I am good to go now.

Jun 09, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Carla B

O M G Ditto

That must have been hell for you. I can sympathise, after I had my ACL repair my dog jumped on me on the sofa landing right on my knee I was in so much pain.

Wishing you a speedy recovery. Carla

Jun 08, 2012
i fell 7 hours after my acl surgery,severe ankle sprain and landed on my butt with my knee under me NEW
by: Ditto

Oh man i had acl surgery 2 days ago i fell using the toilet.i lande with my knee and foot under my butt all the way flexed and my ankle popped. I went to the er and they did xrays and said i have a badly prained ankle and my screws r still intact for my acl.i had a lot of bleeding at my insicion, but has slowed down.the pain is so extreme. I see the dr. In 3 days.

May 03, 2012
ACL Surgery NEW
by: Bogut

Hello my name is Bogut.

I tore my ACL and MCL in February and the Dr. repaired the ACL via patellar tendon graft from the same leg and left the MCL to heal on it's own.

I'm about 2 months post-op now, but the other day I was pushing my meat cart and I plummeted down a long stairway and landed in a sidewalk where I was hit by skateboarders.

I heard several more pops and my knee swelled up like a pig bladder. I can't put any weight on it at all without cursing at the top of my lungs. At this rate there's no way I'll be able to try out for bocci ball this summer.

Do you think I re-tore my ACL or is this normal?

Mar 07, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Soccer girl

Re: to Anonymous post on Feb 2nd, 2012.

Your knee might be still feeling weak because ACL's gain a large portion of their stability from the HAMSTRING, so if you have super strong quads, but weak hammys, you are liable to reinjure your knee. Your muscles need to be balanced, so as not to create to much tension or force in one direction that the opposite muscle cannot account for, hence acl tears. Just work on all over your leg muscles equally, hip flexors, hammys, quads, glutes.

Hope you improve!

Feb 06, 2012
acl NEW
by: 57

i had myn done on the 2 of dec and its been about 2 months i have played a couple basketball games which i probably shouldntve just (lightly) luckily havent injured further i get clickling sounds everytime i start excercise and it feels like it moves abit after it clicks like a bit more to the right anyways i think its pretty normal to have it clicking for a while after surgery i would be concerned if after a year when the knee should be as strong as before if it still does it this cold be caused by bad rehab or other problems and would get it checked out.

Feb 02, 2012
Clicking sounds when squatting NEW
by: Davis Tang from Canberra

I had my right ACL reconstruction and medial meniscus repair surgery on 29th Dec 2011 in Hong Kong. For the first 4 days after it, I had physiotherapy every day. Then I had physiotherapy roughly once per week. Now I can have full extension but 150-degree flexion. But when I extend my knee at some angle, I hear some weird clicking sound inside my knee, and my knee is swollen. I hope it is not abnormal.

Feb 02, 2012
Fed up NEW
by: Anonymous

I had an ACL repair 3years ago now. Although i have recovered well from the surgery, my knee still feels unstable. This seems to happen if I sit awkwardly or if I do any exercise that involves twisting my knee.
I have done loads of exercise to strengthen my quadricepts but am getting increasingly frustrated?
Has anybody else experienced any problems?

Feb 02, 2012
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I had an ACL repair 3years ago now. Although i have recovered well from the surgery, my knee still feels unstable. This seems to happen if I sit awkwardly or if I do any exercise that involves twisting my knee.
I have done loads of exercise to strengthen my quadricepts but am getting increasingly frustrated?
Has anybody else experienced any problems?

Feb 02, 2012
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I had an ACL repair 3years ago now. Although i have recovered well from the surgery, my knee still feels unstable. This seems to happen if I sit awkwardly or if I do any exercise that involves twisting my knee.
I have done loads of exercise to strengthen my quadricepts but am getting increasingly frustrated?
Has anybody else experienced any problems?

Feb 02, 2012
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I had an ACL repair 3years ago now. Although i have recovered well from the surgery, my knee still feels unstable. This seems to happen if I sit awkwardly or if I do any exercise that involves twisting my knee.
I have done loads of exercise to strengthen my quadricepts but am getting increasingly frustrated?
Has anybody else experienced any problems?

Jan 03, 2012
Almost 2 Years Post Op NEW
by: NY'sDirtDancer

First, I want to say I'm sorry to all of us who have endured the ACL and wish everyone the best! I also want to say how sad it was to read a post in this forum where someone actually bashed on someone by telling them they're "gloating" while others have not had such a good experiences. I feel the opposite. I think reading some positive feedback is always encouraging to read. Especially to those of us who have come on this site to gather info.

I'm post-op ACL using Cadaver Graft, MCL tear, fractured tibia, MLM root tear, MCM bucket handle tear, Grade 2 Chondroplasty, refloat the Patella tracking, Synovectomy, Lateral Release, and Baker's Cyst Removal... 2 years this coming April. I danced for 4 hours on New Year's Eve only to wake up on New Year's Day with swelling, stiffness, pain, popping and a brand new Baker's cyst in my operative knee. Happy New Year to me! Never thought dancing would reaggrivate everything so severely, really disappointed. Anyone else had an activity reaggriavate everything... this far out from the original surgery? Is this normal?

BTW, my knee has popped since post-op 3 months.

Dec 31, 2011
Acl and Meniscus Repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I am at about 6 months post op from my acl reconstruction and meniscus repair. I attended physical therapy for about 4 months, up and until I could no longer afford the co pay. I am off crutches and do my therpay at home. I still have knee pain and swelling and am at about 115 degree flexion and can almost maintain full leg extension. I'm still struggling to return to work and regain a full recovery. Im very frustrated by all the time, money and effort I have put in to only attain minor success. I almost wish I never had the surgery to begin with. It seems people can still function with good mobility even without surgery. Thats my opinion.

Dec 09, 2011
Snapping and Popping Comments NEW
by: KS1980

Hey everyone,

I had my ACL replaced using a hamstring graph back in March. A lot of you are currently going through the same things I did. I started PT a week after the surgery and after about 3 months I noticed popping and cracking. I asked my PT people if I should be concerned and they mentioned it was most likly scar tissue that was built up around the knee, but to mention to my doctor next check up. I asked my doctor and he said that is was indeed probably scar tissue break down. He felt around the knee to check for swelling and strength. He said the knee still felt tight and strong. After 5 months, I pushed myself a little hard and had a big pop in my knee and it swelled pretty bad..I went to my final visit with the doctor at 6 months and he had to drain fluid from my knee and said that the popping was natural along with the fluid in the knee, he just monitor and slowly work your way back to sports. I returned to football and softball this past fall with a knee brace and had no issues. I still had some popping and cracking, but as I began to build up the strength in the ligaments and mucsles around my ACL the noise and cracks have become less and less.... My point is your knee went through great trauma in surgery and it is going to take time for everything to heal and strengthen back to where it was.. It takes time and patience, don't rush and don't hesitate to call your doctor for advice. That is what they are there for.

Nov 27, 2011
Post op 6months ACL replacement NEW
by: Shawn

I came to this site as so many others have looking for some answers and have deffinetly come across some interesting info. I had my ACL replaced with part of my hamstring six months ago and if feels OK, not a 100% but it will never be the same as before it was hurt. As mentioned by alot of people previously my knee started to make some poping noises occasionaly after about 3 months, doesn't hurt but it would be better probably if it didn't make any noise. I'm in British Columbia Canada and after I was diagnosed I had to wait two years to get into the orthopedic surgeon that was recomended to me. What I find so different with everyones story is what they are doing post-op. I will tell you what my surgeon recommends, as I'm a heavy duty mechanic I'm off work for six months right away. After four weeks of healing I started going to physio two times a week. At about four months I went to physio once every ten days and went to the gym 3-4 times a week doing the physio recommended excercises. They both said no twisting, jumping on my knee for the first four months minimum. At five months now I'm still not allowed to do leg extensions as they say it could damage the graft. The surgeon says I can't do any sports for one year from date of surgery or extreme hiking, biking ect and that I have to go the gym steady. The surgeon said they used say eight months but to many people were retearing there repairs. I'm told that the repaired ligament will never be as strong as it was originally but if you develop your muscles and reflexes it can be better than it was at the time of the injury as alot of us arn't as in as good of physical shape as we think we are. I've talked to several people who have had ACL repairs about three years ago and they say that they feel 100% on there knee. So there are good results.

Nov 19, 2011
acl snapping like feeling when walking by: lisa NEW
by: Anonymous

My knee started rolling and getting stuck around the summer of 2010, thats how I was explaining it at the time. My Orthopedic Dr asked me if it was locking up on me and I said that was the perfect way of saying it. My knee "locked" up on me in Oct 2010 and wouldnt unlock so that is why I decided to go to the Dr. Did a MRI and I had a torn meniscus that was causing the locking up. The torn piece of the meniscus was getting stuck behind the knee and would come back out but in Oct 2010, it got really stuck and wouldn't come back out. My meniscus tear was due to not knowing my ACL was completely torn for over 2 years. (my Dr thinks that when a wave had thrown my daughter into the back of my knee at the beach in 08 that my ACL was torn and I just didn't know it.) When it happened I was in a lot of pain and went to the family Dr when we got back home but she thought I had a swollen ligament and gave me medicine. It worked but then my knee started doing that locking up. My Orthopedic Dr said that me not repairing my ACL is what caused my meniscus to tear. Good luck with yours.

Nov 19, 2011
acl snapping like feeling when walking by: lisa NEW
by: Anonymous

My knee started rolling and getting stuck around the summer of 2010, thats how I was explaining it at the time. My Orthopedic Dr asked me if it was locking up on me and I said that was the perfect way of saying it. My knee "locked" up on me in Oct 2010 and wouldnt unlock so that is why I decided to go to the Dr. Did a MRI and I had a torn meniscus that was causing the locking up. The torn piece of the meniscus was getting stuck behind the knee and would come back out but in Oct 2010, it got really stuck and wouldn't come back out. My meniscus tear was due to not knowing my ACL was completely torn for over 2 years. (my Dr thinks that when a wave had thrown my daughter into the back of my knee at the beach in 08 that my ACL was torn and I just didn't know it.) When it happened I was in a lot of pain and went to the family Dr when we got back home but she thought I had a swollen ligament and gave me medicine. It worked but then my knee started doing that locking up. My Orthopedic Dr said that me not repairing my ACL is what caused my meniscus to tear. Good luck with yours.

Nov 04, 2011
4 months post-surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had my ACL done in July 2011. Everything was good and I was doing alright with my rehab. Just last week though, as I was getting up, I heard lot of noises from the knee and it was painful as well and afterwards knee swelled up. Since then I have been to emergency and nothing came up in X-ray. Dr. said that it could be soft-tissue damage but not sure. I have been using chinese herbs to keep the leg pain free. However it doesn't feel the same as one week ago. There is still swelling although it's been a week. I haven't been doing any exercises since then as the knee hurts when I try to do squats.

Oct 25, 2011
acl snapping like feeling when walking
by: lisa

i had my acl repaired 8months ago, whilst i made good early recovery with my physiotherapy, i found out i was pregnant and was unable to continue with my next lot of stability/balance exercises, it has only been within the last few weeks when i have been walking that my knee kind of locks up and then it's almost like a snapping motion with little pain. has anyone else experienced this?

Oct 11, 2011
acl reconstruction
by: Dave o

Hi there i had my acl reconstruction done on May 4th 2011, 5 months on I seem to now and again experience a "crunch like noise" is this normal?? rehab seems to be going ok just a bit worried, there is no pain just the noise. Really cant wait until i can get back on my motorcross bike and will def be wearing braces from now on. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, many thanks

Sep 30, 2011
1 ACL Reconstruction + 3 ACL Revisions Continued
by: Geoffrey

Continued... I am 7 weeks and one day post-op and everything seems OK. I am feeling the best that I have ever felt at 7 weeks so thats a +. Still have some pain and swelling and some slight discomfort. I asked about all of the popping cause it started popping around 4 weeks or so and my therapist told me that when the ligament is attached it is just a piece of soft tissue and it has to go through a process called Graft Revascularization to become a new ligament. During this time it is constantly expanding and growing and filling with blood as it is going through this process. The popping is apparently being caused by the soft tissue turnig into a new ligament. My range in motion is great and my extension needs to improve a little more. But I have been told to expect my knee to hurt at times, for it to pop a good bit due to all of the work and damage that has been caused from all the surgeries done on it. I'm no Dr. just someone who has a lot of experience with this particular subject, I'm really glad to know that there are more people like me out there. If you have any feedback you can email me at gaweiter1@gmail.com.

Sep 30, 2011
1 ACL Reconstruction + 3 ACL Revisions (Right Knee)
by: Geoffrey

Hello to everyone that has posted, I know this is long but worth the read. I tore my ACL 7 years ago and had the Reconstruction Surgery in 2009, I used my Pateller Tendon. Apon finishing PT I was in great shape, playing golf, running and playing with my dog and soon to be stepson with no problems at all. I had the usual aching and popping but thats completely normal. My biggest concern was when I went down to the LSU-Florida game but little did I know that what would do me in was the Sunday night 24 hrs after the game. I turned without pivoting and as I leaned over I fell and retore it in my living room. Well I had my first Revision Surgery, this time with an Allograft which is a cadaver tendon, at the end of 2009 begining of 2010 and one week to the day after my surgery I tripped over my dog in the middle of the night on my way to the bathroom and ended up undoing the surgery. So I had my 2nd Revision Surgery shortly after once again using an Allograft. Everything seemed to be going fine, PT was excellent once again. I kept going to the same therapist after each surgery and he was always impressed with how well I was coming along and how hard I always worked. After all the surgeries I never let it get me down although it does get to me after a while but once I'm able to get around on my own I'm good. Well after I completed PT things were going great, I was back to myself doing the things I enjoyed doing and couldn't really do before without worries. It was a truely great feeling. I did notice that my range in motion kinda halted and I couldn't really squat down all of the way. One day I noticed that I could squat all the way down and I knew instantly that it wasn't good. I went back to my Dr. and he told me that it was torn again. After that I had put off on going back and having anything done for several months. After a while my knee was constantly staying swollen, hurting, popping more and more with a lot of pain and most of all it was back to giving out on me a good bit. Instead of using the same Dr. as I had for the past 3 surgeries I had decided to go see one of the best (if not the BEST) Dr.'s around, Dr. Jeffrey Dugas with Andrews Sports Medicine here in Birmingham, AL. When I saw Dr. Dugas he was convinced that it was torn again until he got my MRI back and found out that the tendon was way to long and acted just as if nothing was there at all. So, I had my 3rd Revision Surgery (4th surgery over all and all on my right knee within 2 years) using my Hamstring this time. Everything about this surgery was completely NEW (Dr., replacement tendon, hospital and PT) so my hopes are HIGH. Continued...

Sep 28, 2011
EEEK
by: Anonymous

I just had the acl reconstruction about a month ago. They used the hamstring to replace it. A week ago I thought I pulled something in my hamstring, but the doc said it was a piece of bone that tore off with the acl when it tore. The bone is now loose in my knee getting stuck inbetween ligaments and tissue. Every once in a while it will pop out of where ever it is and it so very painful. The doc wants to wait to take the bone out hoping it will break down on its own. I'm a bit skeptical considering this is Navy medical and I am a United States Marine that can't really ask to have surgery or ask not to. I am in their hands, like it or not. I was hoping you guys would have some tips to give me. I have some nerve damage so I never knew I even tore the acl until I came back from Afghanistan. The doc just said it was probably from over exsertion. I need to write my congressman, more knowledgeable docs.

Sep 09, 2011
ACL reconstruction and meniscus tear
by: Anonymous

Hi ,

I had a fall due to a friend's mistake and suffered a ligament tear. Had an ACL reconstruction done 6 months after that and now after nearly 3 yrs of the reconstruction have been diagnosed with a grade II meniscus tear...have consulted so many doctors even got to my previous surgeon but of no help...have done all PT but knee never felt same after surgery...very confused if should go for a meniscus surgery or just bear the pain....very confused and depressed...
If any one has any suggestions or comments please mail me on agarsapna@gmail.com

Sep 01, 2011
ACL Surgery & Therapy
by: Alison

I had ACL reconstruction surgery and a meniscus repair on 7/13/11 and am doing really well. I go to a doctor group that expects you to move. I had a nerve block with general aesthesia and have been walking without crutches since the nerve block wore off. I started therapy at a week and a half but was already pushing myself. Yes sitting with my feet pulled back in a chair is not comfortable but it gave me Flexion at 110 when I went for therapy (I am full flexion now). From the time I came home from the hospital (day surgery) if my feet were up then my heel was on two pillows and I slept that way too. I never lost extension. All of the above were important because I never took any pain killers (even OTC). I have been super aggressive at therapy and doing the exercises at home. I am not an athlete or an an athletic person but a 55 year old woman and the most I do is swim and hike. My doctor is planning on releasing me in a month because I am doing so well. I believe alot of this is a good surgeon but also how much you push yourself. I was determined to be able to get back to pre-injury and I am not far from being there. Good luck to all that have had problems, just wanted people to know that not everybody does.

Aug 16, 2011
acl click
by: Anonymous

Hi im 4 days post op left knee acl surgery. This is my 3rd acl surgery at age 16. I had a kadaver graft the first two times and my doc said I can't heal someone elses tiissue (1 and 1000 chance of having it) so this time they used my pateller tendon and pcp. Pcp is when they spin your own blood and inject it back in the tendon for a 2 time fastter healing process. My first 2 times I always experienced clicking noises when I tensed my muscles at full extention. It is normal and no one should worry as for me it felt good. All it means is that your quads aren't strong enough yet. Now if u feel a popping sensation then that is somethiing that needs to be checked out. A pop occurs when something gets torn. Good luck to everyone and hope I helped out :)

Aug 07, 2011
ACL reconstrucao-8 anos
by: Anonymous

Eu fiz reconstrucao 8 anos atras,jogo volei outra jogadora bateu na lateral do meu joelho em flexao qdo caiu do ataque, meu Doutor Claudio Golmia me disse vc vai ter que fortalecer a musulatura para o resto da sua vida e e verdade, se eu paro uma semana de ir a academia meu joelho ja da sinal, se eu relaxo para sentar por exemplo as vzs sem perceber ele pop out sinto o osso indo para o meio, ai e so deitar e estender a perna que volta ao lugar.Da medo pq se isso me acontece jogando para mim vao romper todos meus lgamentos.Tento o maximo manter o fortalecimento.

Jun 20, 2011
Knee Clicking and swollen
by: Teewhy

Did ACL reconstruction surgery five (5) weeks ago, knee is still swollen (has not been smaller since surgery) and has feeling of clicking and movement of knee cap when extended. Also, a piece of the string which was used to pull the graft through my leg bone is sticking out the side of my calf, thus delaying healing of the incision at that area.
Will the cord dissolve, or should I cut it off? Is swelling and clicking of the knee normal at this stage?

Jun 20, 2011
honestly, work is what it takes... a LOT of it
by: 46 and 2

I'm shocked at the lack of info some of your surgeons seem to have left you with.

Meniscus repairs, you will ALWAYS have some pain going forward if you had some removed. Doctor should have set that expectation. May be minimal depending on how much was removed and your rehab, but the unfortunate fact is that you have less to provide cushion in the joint. That will cause some discomfort, outright pain if you've had a lot removed and you have some bone on bone contact. It doesn't grow back and for now, can't be replaced. There are a couple procedures that can sometimes help. Forget the name, but they can score the end of the bone forcing it to bleed a little. The blood hardens and provides a bit of a protective layer. I know a couple people that have had good results with it.

Carla. With regard to the surgery "working". I can tell you that mine worked. But it's a matter of your surgeon telling you what to expect. "success" doesn't mean your knee will be normal. It will never feel like it did before. A successful surgery, rehab and ongoing strength training means you have a stable knee that allows you to run, play sports, etc. But you'll still have some discomfort now and then. I'm 35 (almost 2 years post op), back to playing soccer at a very competitive level. My knee isn't normal, but it's stable and doesn't hold me back anymore.

Weird noises, crackling, scraping, etc. usually means scar tissue and is normal.

To one of the posters above that said his doctor told him he's young and it will heal... THAT IS COMPLETELY FALSE. ACLs do not heal on their own, EVER.

PT, PT, PT... it's a pain to spend so much time on it, but it's the key decider. I had a LOT of problems in the 2-7 month timeframe. Dedicated PT (lots of friction massage and even more strength training were the most effective) corrected all major issues. It sucks to say it, but anyone that tears/repairs an ACL should plan PT 5 days a week for 6-8 months and 1-2 days a week of quad/hamstring strengthening basically forever. It will have a tendency to atrophe, keeping it strong is the key to proper mechanics.

That's the advice I can give as someone that has had a pretty good outcome after a lot of setbacks along the way. Just work hard at it and it will get better, not perfect, but better. Good luck.

Jun 12, 2011
7 mnths post op strange feeling in center of the knee
by: Anna

HI!
Im a 15 year old female soccer player i tore my acl playin soccer and had acl reconstructive surgery about 7 mnths ago. I just recently noticed strange noises coming from the center of my knee (like paper crackling) when I put pressure on it while bending it (ex: squatting, running jumping, stairs ext.). It is not really painful but it hurts enough to bother me and I am concerned. I couldn't have re-torn it because that would really hurt but did i pull it or something? Ideas would be greatly appreciated :) Thank you

P.S
I really like this site keep up the great work people and don't lose hope! We'll all get back to normal sometime it just takes time beacause you had knee surgery :) Hopefully there'll be a time when you forget which knee you injured!!!

Jun 12, 2011
7 mnths post op strange feeling in center of the knee
by: Anonymous

HI!
Im a 15 year old female soccer player i tore my acl playin soccer and had acl reconstructive surgery about 7 mnths ago. I just recently noticed strange noises coming from the center of my knee (like paper crackling) when I put pressure on it while bending it (ex: squatting, running jumping, stairs ext.). It is not really painful but it hurts enough to bother me and I am concerned. I couldn't have re-torn it because that would really hurt but did i pull it or something? Ideas would be greatly appreciated :) Thank you

P.S
I really like this site keep up the great work people and don't lose hope! We'll all get back to normal sometime it just takes time beacause you had knee surgery :) Hopefully there'll be a time when you forget which knee you injured!!!

Jun 06, 2011
continued knee pain, popping, clicking etc, 5 months after surgery
by: hunnybear

I had 80 % of the meniscus removed from my left knee 5 months ago and it hurts worst now than it did before the surgery. Between the popping, cracking, pain, and unsteadyness it makes me wonder what is going on.
I had a 2nd MRI done and it now says that there is increased signl intensity in the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus and diminutive anterior horn of the lateral meniscus is suggestive of postoperative changes or tear.
All I need is to have a 2nd surgery to remove the remaining 20%.
I want the pain to go away and to be able to use the knee again without discomfort anymore.

Anyone else suffer with this 5 months out?

Thanks.

Jun 04, 2011
Never ending pain
by: Carla

I have come to this site again to record my pain.

What do we do, we need the surgery but it seems the surgery gives more problems.

Clicking, snapping, swelling, PAIN.

Please Please will a surgeon please read the comments on this website. I can honestly say that I have NEVER spoken to anyone who's surgery has worked! and given them a new lease of life after surgery.

The saying ''there's nothing more I can do for you, you have to give it time''

Is what we have all heard and that is a cop out of the largest order.

I feel like I want redress from my surgeon, but not got the funds to do this and he would win in the end.

Good luck to you all x Dont forget to write if you have good news for all of us.

Take Care Carla x

Jun 03, 2011
Its not like it should be,
by:

I hurt my knee playing basketball back in 2007. I went to my Dr. and was told I just pulled it. He claimed my knee was tight and strong for a girl so there was no way it was tore. He got the MRI & it was 75% torn. I finished the season with a brace. In between the last 7 games of district and 4 games in playoffs it tore completely.

I had my surgery in March. Couldn't afford physical therapy. Got released to start college basketball workouts in July. After running up and down the floor once, my knee twice its size. Had to go back to the docter and all he said he could do was scope it. Since then my knee grinds and pops every morning. I can barely stand. It gives out from under me. I have been tryin to rebuild muscle but cant cause knee swells too much.

Its not retorn. Its been rechecked. I don't know what to do about it. It will never be ok.

May 28, 2011
Pop same day as surgery
by: Anonymous

Had the op for ACL rupture yesterday. Ouch, this sux! My leg is like a balloon and I'm stuck with 4 kids. What a night mare. I was concerned, last night (the day of my op) I got up with my crutches and heard a loud pop at the back of my leg. I am concerned my ACL is stuffed again. Hope not. :(

Apr 19, 2011
3 months after ACL reconstruction
by: Jose Moreno

Hello fellow tore ACL friends,

I had acl and mensicus reconstruction 3 months ago. Everything was going well, I was able to bend my leg more and more every day but about 3 weeks ago my knee stopped making progress. It almost feel like I retore my meniscus given that the knee locks when I try to bend it. For example, when I bend my knee lying on my stomach I feel pain in the back of my knee. It is really annoying since I was doing so much progress and now I am stuck. My knee is not swollen or anything but the clicking and the sensation that sth is not righ is getting on my nerves. The doc told me is scar tissue but I dont know what to think anymore. I hope I didn't retear it.
Has anyone gone through something similar?

Mar 15, 2011
my knee
by: Anonymous

i had acl, mcl and maniscus reconstructive surgery about 3 years ago i am in constant pain of 6 on a 1-10 scale it pops all the time and the screw is starting to petrude from the skin what would be the problem?

Mar 11, 2011
~14 yrs post surgery...
by: curious

surgery when i was 14--- now almost 28... played competitive sports since...and have had clicking noices without pain...now, in the past couples years it has gotten much louder..no painful..but no comfortable either... just worried about the wear and tear... ideas???

Feb 24, 2011
@ hehehe
by: Kim

Doesn't sound like you are doing to great if your knee is still swollen. You playing soccer to soon might be the reason its still swollen dont you think?? Keep up the great work maybe we will see you on here again w/ another problem.

Feb 24, 2011
hehehe - badbadbad
by: Anonymous

Well hehehe are'nt you the lucky one.

To come on this site and gloat is disgusting.

People on tyhis site are really suffering after surgery. They are looking for support, shame on you.

I hope all goes well for you in the future, after all it is early days.

Feb 24, 2011
9 weeks post ACL
by: Reddy

I partially tore my ligament in the year 2000 riding a bike. I'm 28 yes old and recently while swimming I tore my ACL completely. Had an ACL recon (Hamstring Graft) surgery on Dec 16 2010.

Now I'm able to walk, drive car and do my day-to-day activities without hassle. I excercise 3times a day and an hour and 10 mins each session, which is as prescribed by PT. I have a 132 deg bend.

However, when I straighten my knee I hear several clicks (no pain though) and I did feel a bit of instability while walking backwards (part of my physiotherapy). I have a follow up with the doc this week and hope it's nothing serious!




Feb 23, 2011
hehehe
by: Anonymous

I had acl surgery 4 months ago, ive been playing soccer since. IM DOING GRREATT and my knee does not hurt but it is very very very swollen. am i ok?

Feb 12, 2011
sliding of knee
by: Anonymous

its five months post my surgery i still hav swelling just below my kneecap near the stiches n pain on the left side of my knee..my knee seems to slide while walkin bcoz of which m unable to walk without a limp...any help?( cant straight it completely till now)

Feb 08, 2011
a raw deal
by: Anonymous

after having acl replacement surgery had to get a donors acl cause mine was gone,but after surgery and about 2-3 months of rehab my dr. recommended me to take the kat kum or the strength test dealing with the worker comp people.so i did but the inside of knee was burning before the test and the rehab nurse noted not ready for testing but they gave it to me any way the left leg was weaker than rite by 75% and i felt a popping i middle on the knee while testing .i told the nurse that i was hurting and when i went back to rehab i could not do any of the drills that i have been doing before so in rehab i just was gettin ice down. my dr. said i over work the knee ok about 6-7 months later my knee has gotten worst and now i have been release by the dr. with a bomb knee i can't run can't jump can't crawl can't stand or walk for a long period of time i have a limp & stairs is my worst enemy i drove a truck for a living but dr, took me out of work with a 20% disability rating

Feb 01, 2011
Is there any hope?
by: Carla

I am facing further surgery as my surgeon left multiple foreign bodies in my knee after my ACL and Meniscus Repair.

But as I have said previously after extensive research on the web I find that the majority of Knee surgery never 100% works! people are always left with a knee that is unstable and in pain.

Lets face it guys, if Raphael Nadal, (tennis player) is still having problems after surgery, what chance have we got?

He can afford the best surgeon on the planet and he is still in pain and left with an unstable knee after surgery.

One point, I have bought a stationary bike, with no weight behind. I am peddaling 5 times a day 15 mins and my swelling has gone down 2 inches. It feels good as I know that the swelling makes the pain worse. I have tried with weight behind but it makes the pain worse so just peddaling is best for me.

Good luck to everyone, hang on in there, we must all keep going.

Feb 01, 2011
ACL reconstruction
by: Jama

I had ACL and cartilage surgery about 5 years ago, and torn cartilage removed from my other leg.That was through having a football injury. Both my knees still pop out, and recently it has poped out and it has now turn my cartilage again so i now have to have further surgery, and i have now got to have screws removed from the previous surgery due to them working their way to the surface.
Iam now a football coach, i do martial arts, and iam training to become a PT but the problem is i need to be fully fit at all times,iam now 31 and it gets you down when you are active. But i would say once you have had this surgery your leg is never the same again. So you need to make sure you strengthen the legs and work on flexibilty to help with the problem, this will help in the future.

Jan 28, 2011
ACL Reconstruction
by: Anonymous

Hi
I'm a 20 years old male and I had an ACL injury 4 months ago during football (soccer).
I've been to a lot of doctors and did the MRI scan twice and at the beginning the doctors said that I'm going to need an ACL reconstruction surgery but now another doctor told that I'm not going to need the surgery because I'm young and It will heal alone!

So my question is:
Is it better for me to do the surgery especially because I'm a footballer? And if I do it, is my knee going to AS STRONG AS BEFORE?

Jan 18, 2011
PT, PT, PT... strength and massage really helps
by: 46and2

Kim - I would recommend looking into friction massage if you haven't already. A large area in the front (and wrapping around the sides) of my knees was extremely tight and much more dense than my other knee for months after my surgery. Granted, I did a patellar tendon autograft, which usually makes that more pronounced, but it sounds pretty similar.

My physical therapist did a ton of friction massage to loosen up all that connective tissue, etc. and it made a huge difference. It took a few months (of 1-2 visits per week) to get it to where it is now, but well worth it. My repaired knee doesn't feel normal compared to the other one, but it's much better. You can do friction massage on your own too, but you should at least get started with a therapist.

Good luck Carla... It's tough to contemplate another surgery, but cleaning up the meniscus issues shouldn't be as invasive and as long a recovery as the ACL graft.

Strengthening the muscles around the repaired knee is the other area that has been a huge help to me. It takes a LOT of work, but makes a big difference with all the popping, catching, etc. When your muscles atrophe after the surgery, the mechanics of your knee are affected. If you have imbalance in the relative strength of your quads (between the inside and outside, very common to have a lot of atrophe in the VMO), you kneecap might not track straight which can cause a lot of problems. It took a lot of strength training to get my VMO built back up and I'm still working on it, but it alleviated a lot of the popping, catching and pain in the front of my knee.

Jan 18, 2011
keep at it
by: Anonymous

same happened to me. suregon said acl was fine - 20mins playing football a year after op my knee gave way - the op never wored. how a knee specialist could say my graft was fine for 12months when it wasnt is beyond me. second op gone a lot better. gotta do the physio -thats the key

Jan 12, 2011
I knee'd a solution
by: Carla

I had ACL and meniscus repair in March 2010. My knee has not been stable since then, each time I excersise I am in pain for 2/3 days and find it difficult to get around.

I walk 2 miles a day and have to stop numerous times and swing and shake my knee just to get back home. I wont stop the excersise even though I am in pain.

My surgeon says things are going well !!!! but I could not stand it any longer and when I visited my GP before Christmas, I told him I was so unhappy with the surgery and thought that things had not gone well and he sent me for an MRI scan.

The results came back today, my meniscus is virtually non existent and there are some large bits floating around in there which he said is causing the locking and popping.

So I am facing further surgery and after what has happened this year I just dont know how I am going to face it.

Jan 11, 2011
acl
by: Anonymous

i tore my acl and a little bit of my minisuc a year and 2 months ago. my knee doesnt feel normal at all . i dont feel much of a difference then before i got my surgery . i play soccer and go to the gym ocasionally and my knee's always sore and i stil cant completley lock it all the way. i had a visit to go to my surgeon a few months ago and she said my knee felt perfect but from the inside it kills . no matter how much i stretch and ice it i feel like the pain never goes away. whats wrong with ittt?!?!!?!!?!?!? :o

Dec 29, 2010
ACL/Meniscus
by: Kim

This injury was a SURPRISE to me. My doctor believes that my daughter tore my ACL in 2008 when she fell into the back of my knee while we were in the water at the beach on vacation. Went to the Dr when we got back home. The Dr. thought I had an inflammed ligament. Took inflammation medicine and I felt fine. Then one day, sometime last year (2009) my knee started "rolling" on me. I thought my knee was week from the blunt it took. It would always go back so didn't think much of it. Then one day it didn't (October 29, 2010). Went for an MRI and sure enough it showed a torn ACL and a torn meniscus. I guess the untreated torn ACL made my meniscus tear. I had my surgery on December 20, 2010. I had a cadaver ACL ligament put in me and my Meniscus tear trimmed. I did not have any pain after surgery. (Thank God!!) My first therapy appointment was on Dec. 23 and I was at 90 degree bend. I went to therapy on Dec. 27 and I was at 100. I went to therapy today (Dec 29) and now Im at 103. I make sure I do my exercises daily. Progress is going great. My knee still feels really tight/stiff in the front. It feels like I have a piece of plastic glued to the inside of my knee right below my knee. I was just wondering if that was normal. I have feeling in the area. Also I have heard two pops while squatting down to sit. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated. Hope everyone gets better! Good luck!!

Dec 12, 2010
popping
by: Anonymous

i had acl,pcl,mcl and miniscus surgery on my left knee 2 almost 3 years ago and the pop sound still happens on the daily , i have frequent fluid build up and still have no feeling on the left handside of my kneecap

Dec 09, 2010
my 2 cents
by: 46and2

I'm an avid soccer player and had ACL reconstruction with a patellar tendon autograft about 13 months ago.

To all those experiencing the popping/catching in various forms, most should not be overly concerned. I went through a phase of that starting about 3 months post-op. With many friends that have had ACL surgery, I've come to find that almost everyone has this to some extent after ACL surgery and it's mostly caused by adhesion of the connective tissues around the knee and the formation of scar tissue as it heals, as well as weakened quad (particularly VMO). My IT band would catch and snap producing a loud pop and for one stretch of a few weeks, my knee would actually catch and limit my motion almost every step I took.

My advice is to really stay on top of your PT. I've been very dilligent in my physical therapy, and done a lot of friction massage with my therapist as well and the popping has improved dramatically. Now it just happens once in a while when it has been straight for a while and I bend it, or the opposite. The more PT I do, the better it gets.

I went from being extremely frustrated in my recovery around 3-7 months post-op to being back on the soccer field at 10 months. There are a lot of ups and downs in the recovery process and mine seemed like periods of rapid progress punctuated by periods of disheartening stagnation. 13 months post-op now and it still swells a bit sometimes and gets stiff and sore after heavy activity. I also still have a ways to go in getting the muscle bulk equal to the other knee. That's really a long and slow process. That said, it's much better than before and it's holding up fairly well in soccer games.

Good luck.

Dec 06, 2010
Popping & Cracking
by: Anonymous

Hi
I had surgery 13 months ago and crackin is worrying me but not after seeing these coments it is the poping on the inside of my knee beside the knee cap that worried me the most its like a joint is diconnecting and reconnecting, this occurs after intense excercise of twisting and turning.

Also I have been working on the strength of my quads now vigerously for two months and although my knee is getting stronger my quads don't seem to be responding all that well, my knee which I had the surgery on is still considerably smaller, is this normal?

Nov 19, 2010
knee still cracking and popping
by: Anonymous

Hi Carla here just an update on my last post Aug 25th.

Had meniscus repair and abradement March 27th.

My knee keeps on cracking, making a really loud sound, after that I am in agony for 3/4 days, then it subsides and I am good, walking as normal, until the next pop or crack and then we go around for 3/4 days not being able to get up from a chair or climb stairs.

Anyone got any good news regarding knee surgery?

I am just looking at an article, which was written by an orthopeadic surgeon, he says
"no-one ever recovers fully from kneee surgery and it should be avoided as the majority of people still have problems from surgery even after 5 years".

I do regret having it done.

Nov 14, 2010
ACL RE-CONSTRUCTION
by: Anonymous

I am 46 years old and still very active and sports, adult leagues. Deck Hockey and Softball and I do lot of cardio on the treadmill. My operation was 2 years and 3 months ago and just the past 2 weeks I have been getting some clicking in the knee but not all the time. A little sore and some minor swelling that goes away very quickly. As I am on this site inputting this today has been the best day in 2 weeks. I do not think there is any kind of majore issue just wondering if anyone else has experiencedthis andmay be in the same age bracket. I can put full weight and cut and all that so just wondering and looking for some info on what people may have to offer.

Nov 07, 2010
POST ACL SURGERY QUESTION
by: Roman

Hello everyone, I had ACL reconstruction surgery and medial meniscus menisectory, meaning they didn't fix the meniscus but trimmed the torn piece, I had both surgeries at the same time 4 weeks ago, I walked on crutches for almost 2 and a half weeks and now I walk without crutches and going to physical therapy twice a week, the question I have is when I walk now and trying to bend the knee while walking it feels tight, like it doesn't want to bend, is it normal?

Nov 01, 2010
just a comment
by: Anonymous

had acl reconst. w/Meniscus tear surg about 10 months ago. went well and so did PT, well so i thought. recently i was doing some minor streatching, just elongating my leg to full extension, when my knee popped out of place follwed by a loud crackle. it hurt and swelled up, but i noticed that my walking gate had improved substantially and felt more fluid, i had a slight limp before. it has since slid out 2 more times in a weeks span, though with little pain and no swelling. i made app w/doc, but not sure what to make out of it for now...I was an avid competitor prior to surg. 30 miles a week running, basketball, tennis, martial arts...

Sep 17, 2010
acl
by: Doodah

My son had his acl, lcl and meniscus torn 2years ago and underwent ligament replacement in which a cadaver ligament was used. He has done very well as he plays basketball and football for fun. Tonight he went to a concert and was jumping up and down having a good time when his knee popped. He said it sounded very wicked and his knee feels funny. sharp pain at first but now just achy. No swelling. Any suggestions on what could be wrong? please email me at drtduda@windstream.net.

Aug 31, 2010
ACL Popping and Can't bend fully
by: Nancy

I had ACL replacement in both knees at different times. ((accillies cadaver-both)Dr. Dillingham who did Jerry Rice's ACL where he played in the super bowl 4 months later did mine so I think he was really good. My second ACL was 2 years ago and I'm 47. I play 4.0 singles tennis, softball, snowboard, volleyball, bike. I have popping and crunching and if you do quad sets it helps. I also use MOVE FREE with MSN and Vitimin D and recommend this strongly. I never could get my second knee to bend fully or if I did one day it was sore and would be a foot away the next day. So it was always 1 step forward 2 back to try and get it flexible. When I play hard even for a short time I get really sore and can hardly bend it to sit on the pot and it starts popping a lot. I know I need to slow down but playing is what is important to me and you my as well shoot me otherwise. I'm afraid I may have tore a miniscus lately because it all of a sudden won't hardly bend at all. Anyone having problems after 2 years still bending each time they do anything?

Aug 25, 2010
Knee poppoing and cracking
by: Carla

Hi Just an update on my last entry.

My knee is still popping and cracking, also thudding!! It really knocks me for six as the pain after the cracks and so on is bad. I am unfortunate that I have Asthma and cannot have anti inflammatories. But I go to the hospital 03/09/2010 and I am going to ask for an injection

I am still walking 2 miles a day as I think it helps, but the nights are the worst, cant put my knee anywhere.

I want to read some good stories regarding knee operations, but everywhere I look on the internet there are just tales of woe.

Keep going everyone, we are all in this together.

Love Carla

Aug 24, 2010
Popping, Snapping and Pain in Knee
by: Strhuntrss

I'm 50 years old and I had surgery on Dec 3,2009 for a partial meniscus tear and my surgeon cleaned out the osteoarthritis. Said I need a total knee replacementand that I have a knee of a 70 yr old. I'm very active and this has put me on the side lines. I know of the popping, snapping and pain you are all talking about.I have it everyday and it stops me in my tracks. I work and walk on a hard surface for 8 hrs and it tears my knee up. Had the Synvisc One shot 2 weeks ago and I can finally sleep at night but I do not feel anything different otherwise. Dr told me it might take 4-6 weeks. Still waiting, lol. Depression has set in and I am trying to fight it with joining a gym and using water aerobics to help strengthen my quads. Read somewhere that would help. Thank you all for your stories. It does help me know that I am not crazy and going through this alone. I guess I had the wrong impression that the surgery would help me, not hinder me more. I will update in 4 - 6 weeks. Keeping smiling :) and God Bless this site.


Aug 12, 2010
Knee popping
by: Anonymous

Hi Carla here last post 27/05/10

Well its been almost 12 weeks since I came on here ranting about my surgery and problems that have come with it.

I have to say that its is getting better, still popping and cracking and snapping but it feels better. To all those who feel so bad after the surgery I have to say wait and see for the results. I was distraught, thinking it would not get better. I walked 2 miles yesterday a bit stiff after but no pain. I am 60 years old and if I can do it and go through the pain barrier, you can

Good luck to everyone Carla x x


Aug 12, 2010
Popping after ACL surgery
by: Claire

I am a 38 y/o female 2 months post op ACL replacement and Meniscus repair, after a football injury. I am now having a "thick" sounding popping in the knee with something shifting or moving in front of the knee. When it shifts or moves it feels like something is blocking full extension. I have to move my knee around to manipulate whatever it is back into place. My legs were pretty strong before the injury, having been able to squat 405lbs. I am anxious to get back to lifting and sports but don't want to do push it if something is wrong. I will be making an appt with Ortho, but was wondering if anyone has any ideas. Thanks!

Jul 16, 2010
thank you
by: Theresa

I just want to say how much I appreciate all of your comments, i am 6 weeks postop and i am having the same snapping and shifting when i walk sometimes. It is a big relief to know that this is somewhat normal . I can not think of anything worse then doing this again.

Jun 15, 2010
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by: Anonymous

clicking is normal for a knee after acl surgery. The clicking is only bad if it continues for a while. I have had two acl reconstruction and now need my mensiscus taken out. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a good recovery plan. I'm only 16 and I play lots of sports.

May 27, 2010
Chondroplasty
by: carla

I had chondroplasty 8 weeks ago. My knee is constantly snapping, popping and it has given way so many times I have bruises all over and a large lump on my head.

I just feel like I cant go on any more, my physio says 'you are doing well' dont worry about the popping and stuff, but thats easy to say when I am the one on the floor.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for me? I feel like I will always be like this.

May 26, 2010
HELP ME !
by: Chairese Desiree Culberson (Desi)

2 months post operation and like its weird cuz jus recently when i walk sometimes its like my knee kinda acts like its gonna do the same motion it did the day i tore my acl but i always seem to catch it b4 it gets to tht point then right after it pops .. its weird cuz i feel the weird feeling in my knee like its gonna re-tear everytime b4 it pops i thnk its my mind jus playing tricks on me but jus in case .. should i be concerned ?

Apr 18, 2010
Clicking and Popping 5 months post op!
by: Anonymous

I am 5 months after my ACL reconstruction. You can read my story its called the collision. But I have that clicking/popping sound in front of my knee whenever i do anything. I asked my PT about it and my Orthopedic my PT lady said that its scar tissue and my orthopedic said that it was scar tissue getting stuck underneath the patellar tendon i think he said (the one that goes over the knee cap)and its causing that tendon to get stuck and pop.He said that if it swells up again that he may have to go in and remove it.

Apr 02, 2010
ACL REHAB
by: BOSCO

I had ACL reconstruction surgery on my left knee 4 months ago. I also had a menisectonomy on the same knee couple months before that. I play tennis and am quite a sporty person so was really serious on the PT and exercises post surgery. Then 1 month post surgery I tore my hamstring muscle on the same leg which was more painful than the knee itself. My surgeon said it was because the PT was over exercising the muscle. Anyways he told me to stop PT and just do leg presses, half squats, reverse curls, cycling and swimming. About 3 weeks back my knee felt pretty good so I started playing tennis a bit. Thats when it began to swell up a bit and slight pain when I extended the leg or bent it. I have since stopped playing but still exercising. The surgeon said to stop doing leg extensions as this can damage the knee. Its much better now but slight pain (on the front of the knee below the kneecap) when I am descending steps or when I put weight on that leg. I still can't run normally and it hurts. Can anyone please tell me is this normal after 4 months? Also what exercises should I do?

Mar 26, 2010
ACL reconstruction
by: Adam

High all. It has been 3 weeks since my 2nd ACL surgery on the same knee. I went through an ACL repair 5 years ago when my ACL was 90% torn. Suggestion, if you are a highly active person, skip this surgrey and have a full reconstruction if the ligament is torn to an extreme as mine was. I had no problems until 2 months ago and re-tore the ligament playing basketball. The doc's told me they may never know if the 1st surgery was successful. As my legs are enormous, they said that it may have been torn all along and since my legs were so strong that the strength may have compensated for not having an ACL. I actually played a full season of football on my ACL that was 90% torn.

Anyway, following my 2nd ACL surgery, full reconstruction, I have experience slipping and popping as well. I was informed by my doc, Dr. Brian Cole Chicago (one of the best ortho's in the country), that the slipping and popping is normal as the Quad is very weak at this point. The pulling is actually your new ACL working and pulling your knee back into place since your quad cant. I am now going through a clicking phase which seems to be related to the same thing, Quad weakness. If I consciously flex my quad as I walk, the clicking goes away. I have been full weight bearing since the day of surgery, dropped crutches after 2 weeks and dropped brace after 3 weeks. I am an extremely active weight lifter and ex football player. Being physically fit and extremely strong in my lower body has definitely helped so far. I have had very little formal PT which begins this coming week (week 4 from opp). So far so good

Mar 18, 2010
ACL SURGERY
by: JP

Hi All

Its been 3months i had ACL surgery.My quadricep is very week so i have joined gym to regain the strength.......but still if i put my opertaed leg on sm uneven path it feel knee will come out... it is kind of jerk..........is there any specific reason for that or its normal due to weaken muscle........

Feb 18, 2010
Knee giving out 14 months later- too vertical
by: Anonymous

Wendy and Channing-
I had ACL meniscus surgery 14 months ago. I am a college soccer player, and in December, a year out from surgery my knee started giving out again. The popping that everyone is talking about happens all the time too, but I have become "immune" to it. I went to the ortho a week ago and was told that my graft is too vertical. My new surgeon has recommended a bundle be placed next to the current graft to make my knee more stable.
It is reassuring to know that I am not the only person experiencing this issue. However, this problem is highly frustrating and if I didn't love this game so much I can't say I would be going through it all again. But, I will be having surgery again in 2 weeks.
Good luck to everyone on here!

Feb 16, 2010
ACL torn again?
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction 21/2 months ago and my knee just recently started to come out of joint, and swell. I'm going for an MRI tomorrow to figure out tomorrow if its torn again. What do you think the chances are?

Jan 30, 2010
knee popping
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus reconstruction 2 months ago and as I started to run and do light lifts i noticed my knee cracking also. I asked my doctor and he simply told me that since my knee was swelled a little bit, it was the juice that was under the knee cap that got squished out when it was being bent.

Jan 07, 2010
Clicking
by: Dave

Hello All, It's reassuring to read about all the knee clicking on here! I am 32 years old, previously very active (soccer, squash, skiing, running) and am 16 weeks post-op using hamstring graft. In the past few weeks I have developed an audible click each time I fully extend my leg. As with most of you, it's entirely painless and the knee still looks and feels nice and solid. I saw my PT yesterday - he did all the tests to ensure the graft was still in place, compared it with my good knee, and concluded that he could find nothing wrong. It's a little disconcerting but I hope it's just a case of the kneecap clicking into place and will disappear as the quads get stronger.

Good luck all - I share your pain and frustration!

Jan 03, 2010
popping
by: Jared

I had acl surgery with both meniscus being repaired 3 years ago. I did the rehab and had no problems at all. i play a lot of sports where i have to run and cut and jump. about two months ago i was lightly jogging and i heard a big crack. my knee didnt give out or anything and it wasnt painful. the next morning if was pretty tight and sore inside my knee and since then it pops and cracks a little on the inside when i flex my leg. i went to my surgeon and he tested my knee and took x rays and said my acl and graft was fine. he said sometimes when they take the graft(i had the pateller graft) since they take a piece of the bone too it can cause a slight noise.

after that news i played football on it and while i was running i could feel it lightly pop and crack with no pain or instability. next morning i was sore but i was sore all over so that is nothing unusual i think. i dont think its a big deal personally i think its scar tissue that came loose. i dont know if it will ever go away or if this scenerio has happened to anybody else but i figure its okay and its just what can happen after a surgery like that

Dec 27, 2009
10 years after surgery and am having pain.
by: Sarah

I had the ACL reconstruction surgery with patellar tendon 10 years ago. Just recently I have been having soreness, and issues extending and bending that knee. The pain is I guess where you would call the "growth plate" on top and behind the knee as well. I'm only 28 and I feel like an old woman!!! Does anyone have any ideas on what may be happening and should I seek medical help?? It's painful (slightly) to walk, more so to kneel down and at times it seems to "lock-up" (slightly) when I have it straight or bent for a longer period of time. My email address is saraheholder@yahoo.com if anyone would give me some insight on this.
Thank you!!
Sarah

Dec 09, 2009
ACL
by: sabeer

Before 21 days i had ACL RECONSTRUCTION, but my knee is not pain but knee is not bending up to 45dgrs what can i do now it is normal problem or major problem?

Dec 09, 2009
ACL
by: sabeer

Before 21 days i had ACL RECONSTRUCTION, but my knee is not pain but knee is not bending up to 45dgrs what can i do now it is normal problem or major problem?

Dec 07, 2009
After Knee Replacement Surgery
by: Mary

I had a double knee full replacement in July of 2009 and I still have to take pain pills and my knees & legs get very stiff and painful all the time. I try to stay active and I do housework and go up & down my steps, but it really hurts a lot. I don't want to depend on pain pills everyday and would like to know if anyone else is going, or has gone through this. My doctor says it takes 8 mos. to 1 ylr. b/f everything will heal. I am a female, small framed, so it isn't the weight doing this to my knees and legs. The big bones in both legs ache so bad, especially when I go to bed at night. Is there any exercises I could be doing to help this problem? I would appreicate hearing from others to give me ideas on what to do. Thannk You, Mary

Dec 03, 2009
stay positive
by: Anonymous

Hello people
i had ACL reconstruction two years ago and to date still havent got it as strong as i would like it to be. I have the same problems as most of you lot do (popping in morning, popping when bent, giving way sometimes aswell). I had about 5 MRI scans after my reconstruction (not at the same time) and each time my consultant said it looked very good so im guessing the reason for all of this is because our legs are very weak. All i can say is DO your physio therapy maybe join the gym and stick to your programme and it should all be ok. Its very depresing especially if your a sporty person. Good luck to you all, my fellow torn acl friends :)

Nov 16, 2009
Knee noise
by: Anonymous

8 months out of ACL/medial meniscus surgery. Every time I bend my knee whether standing on it or not it sounds like crumpling tissue paper, and it clicks and pops througout the day, my PT says this is normal. However my pain is still bad to the point it hurt to do PT and kills after so I don't like doing it. I want robot legs.

Nov 07, 2009
It's Okay!
by: Sarah

I tore my ACL playing rugby and had surgery almost 5 months ago. I went through a "popping" phase. It sounded grotesque and occasionally it felt as though my knee was shifting around a bit when I was walking and especially when doing P.T. However, as I continued to strengthen my quad the popping has mostly gone away.

Nov 04, 2009
acl
by: Anonymous

i have had an acl replacement about 11months ago and after the operation it was fine, i was playing squash etc and everything was fine. i then recently flew to austraila from uk which is along flight i now have a sharp burning pain on the front of my knee when i walk up stairs please help what is it!

Nov 01, 2009
knee gives way after 2 yrs of acl surgery
by: raimi

hi.its been 2 years since i did my acl surgery.but recently as i was playing soccer,my knee gave way and it went in back place which i always felt before my acl surgery.has anyone encountered this before ? im quite worried about it as my knee kinda hurts now everytime when i put some pressure on it.thanks.

Oct 19, 2009
Two years after acl surgery
by: Brian

I had acl and mcl surgery two years ago and I am having extreme pain with grinding sounds coming from the repaired right knee. What is the best thing I can do to remedy the situation?

Oct 14, 2009
Scared:(
by: Bam

I had ACL surgery about 5 months ago in April. About three months later I fell and kind if inflamed it again. Before I did that I had almost all my strength and extension and flexion back. After, it felt like I was knocked back a couple months. A couple months ago it began to get stronger but still is not back to normal. I can get my knee fully extended but everytime I bend it and come back up it pops inside the joint. My PT put her hands on my knee and she said that it felt like it was coming from inside the knee joint. I'm afraid I injured it when I fell and didn't know. Has this happened to anyone else?

Sep 26, 2009
Knot it he back of the knee
by: Anonymous

I had surgery 11 months ago on my acl. i had a cadvre graff put in. I have gotten my leg back to full strenght, i even skied a few days last season towards the end. when i work it a lot i start to feel this weird knot in the back of the knee towards the inner side. this knot feels like a knuckle on the back of my leg, thats how bid it is and how hard it is. Sometimes it will pop up after i do the quad stretch where you pull your leg up with your hand to stretch the quad. it can be a little painful at times. my knee also seems to swell up after big workouts or bike rides. is anyone else having this same problem?

Sep 23, 2009
Dont Panic
by: Will

About a year ago I was in a very bad motorcycle accident just before my 22nd birthday. I tore my ACL,PCL, and LCL, and tore my meniscus(Sorry for the spelling)....plus i dislocated my hip and broke that too, atleast I wore a helmet.

Anyways.....my PT and doctor both said the same thing. Popping is perfectly normal. Make sure to do every thing on your take home workout plan. Dont skip any days.....work it every day. Make sure to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and take a joint care supplement

Sep 21, 2009
acl clicking
by: Anonymous

hi had acl and mcl surgery 5 months ago and my knee is still swollen and recently ive noticed its starting to click really bad everytime i bend my leg has anybody suffered from this before?

Sep 11, 2009
why my knee still gives way after acl surgery?Did i snap it again? what should i do?
by: noppadol

i had acl surgery 9 months ago. It give ways everytime i skateboard. I just wondering that the surgery went successful or not??? it recently gave way real bad yesterday skating.it's painful.

Aug 17, 2009
hi
by: rachael

I had knee surgery months ago and at first popping is normal don't flip out :]

Aug 15, 2009
two surgies and still in pain
by: Anonymous

i had my acl and mcl repaired about 5 yrs ago and i was still having pain in my leg so they did a xray to see if artho had set in so they decided to go in to wash some of it out 3 mths ago and they found more ligaments torn and had to get screws replaced here lately i have so much pain on the right side of my leg its keeping my from sleep whats missing? 2 surgies same knee still in pain

Aug 10, 2009
Knee popping 3 years after surgery
by: Anonymous

I coming up on 3 years after ACL & Miniscus tear surgery and my knee was feeling great. I did like the doc told me, "use it or lose it". So, I joined the gym and started a workout program that included the tread mill. I run about 5 miles a week...nothing spectacular. Just recently, I have started noticing not so much an audible click, but an internal click...more like what a click feels like as opposed to what it sounds like. There's really no pain to speak of, just that the knee area becomes sore as if overworked. I know it's not really important but I'm 53. I was hoping to hear back from folks my age about life after knee surgery. I am scheduled to meet with my surgeon next week and discuss it with him. Afterwards, I post his comments.

Aug 10, 2009
THE POPPING
by: Syd

The popping is most likely caused by the patella ( or knee cap) snapping back into place. Your quadriceps arent as strong so they cant hold your knee in place as well as they use to so it slides inward or outwards when you straighten your leg out then when you bend it back the tendon pulls on the patella and pulls it back into place and makes a loud popping noise...slightly painful but bearable. I know, i had surgery about 10 months ago and had the same thing happen to me. my sister had a problem like this with her knew...her knee would ALWAYS come out of place. it was a real problem for her cause it would take a while for it to pop back into place, and it was reallllly painful. To fix this just work you quad muscle back up and make it real strong.

Aug 07, 2009
knee popping
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL reconstructed 5 months ago and every time i extend my leg my knee pops. There is no pain and no swelling. What could this be from?

Aug 04, 2009
Knee Cracking, Second Surgery Due to Too Vertical Graft
by: Channing

I had knee surgery on my left knee 2 years ago. I tore my ACL, MCL, Lateral and Medial Miniscus. A year and a half later my knee kept sliding out of place and popping really loudly. At 19 years old, I had to get another surgery on my knee because my surgeon had placed my ACL graft from my own hamstring too vertically.
Now I am in recovery from my 2nd surgery from a different doctor to remedy my last doctor's mistakes. They took a kadaver hamstring graft and made a "bundle" to support this "too vertical" ACL placement. Make sure you have a highly recommended doctor so you don't have to get two surgeries!!!
Now 2 weeks out of my surgery, I'm experiencing small (not too painful) popping noises when I walk occasionally, maybe 10-15 times a day. Anyone know what this is from?


Jul 03, 2009
ACL problems
by: windy

had acl and both cartillage repaired 7 months ago, surgeon keeps saying its fine even tho it cracks after being tensed at full extension and since returning to rugby trg (no contact) the knee feels stronger but clicking has worsened. it isnt painfull just annoying. im still having problems with cartillage pain mainly on the inside of the knee. freinds who had surgery had much better results much quicker. i feel the surgeon has no time to listen to problems and just sais its normal.
i found a link to a american medical site talking of problems when the ligament is placed too vertically causing knee problems even though the graft is a success, they reposition a new graft. i dont think id like to go through all this again.

Apr 27, 2009
Clicking Knee After ACL Surgery
by: Anonymous

I'm at almost 12 weeks out of acl reconstruction and about 3 1/2 weeks out of a second surgery to remove scar tissue. since I've been walking "normally," my knee clicks a lot and is loud enough for people to hear 5 ft. away from me. My surgeon says it's normal since the muscles around my knee aren't very strong yet. It should eventually go away. My PT wants me to ask him again at my next follow-up in a couple of weeks, as she isn't sure what could be causing it and if it is something I should worry about. The clicking doesn't cause any pain though, but my knee is definitely still swollen, even after almost 12 weeks. I am at about a 125degree bend now, with lots of clicking when I go from straightening to bending. I'll hopefully get a better answer from my surgeon very soon. Good luck! By the way, I'm a 39 year old female who injured my knee playing basketball back in January.

Mar 03, 2009
Knee Popping after Surgery
by: Matt

Hello,

I had surgery about 8 weeks ago and have clicking and popping every time I step down with my bad leg. I asked the PT and they said its probably nothing but I am still concerned that its not going to go away. What is the worst case scenario to remedy this problem? Could this be something the surgeon is at fault for? Perhaps I should see a different doctor? I have many questions and would appreciate any feedback.

Thank you
Matt

Oct 10, 2008
knee popping
by: Bart - SII

There are many things that can cause your knee to pop after an ACL reconstruction. Most of them are not to worry about, especially if it is only a little sore occasionally.

Scar tissue, joint adhesions, slightly altered mechanics - all of these things can cause the knee to pop and can be present after surgery. You can also have tight tendons (hamstring/IT band) moving over the femoral epicondyles that can cause popping, or slight shifting of the patella - again, all of these things are common and no need to worry unless it is causing consistent and significant pain.

Bart

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