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Should I be concerned about a loud pop in the knee followed by pain?

January 3rd, 2021
loud pop in knee followed by pain

Did you hear a loud pop in your knee followed quickly afterward by pain? While it’s possible the popping and pain may be related to something else, these are the hallmark symptoms of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The ACL is one of the ligaments in each knee that helps stabilize the joint. A forceful twist of the knee, such as from a fall or from a direct impact, can cause the ACL to tear. When this happens, you’ll experience pain in your knee accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Instability
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected knee

Additionally, a popping sound and pain in your knee can be related to a torn meniscus. The menisci are discs of cartilage in your knees that protect the knees from shock and friction. They can also be damaged by a forceful twisting motion of the knee, leading to pain and a limited range of motion.

Treating knee pain with physical therapy

For a full recovery from a torn meniscus or torn ACL, you will likely need surgical intervention. However, physical therapy plays an important role in preparation for surgery and a smooth recovery afterward.

Physical therapists can work closely with you to help you manage your pain and other symptoms before surgery. Then they can work with you to manage your pain and improve your range of motion, mobility and balance after surgery.

Physical therapists use a wide range of treatments for people with a torn ACL or meniscus, including:

  • Gentle stretches and exercises
  • Hands-on mobilization techniques
  • Posture guidance
  • Balance exercises and more

Visit Rehab Access today for knee pain treatment

If you’ve heard a loud popping sound in your knee followed by pain, you need to see a professional for help. At Rehab Access, we can assess your condition and recommend a course of treatment to help you recover. Even if you need surgery for your condition, our team is here to help you prepare and recover afterward. Contact our team today for more information about knee pain or to schedule an initial appointment