A grinding sensation in your kneecap that you experience during movement can be a concerning symptom. It may or may not be accompanied by other issues, including pain and stiffness, but in any event you should seek attention as it is often a sign of an injury or progressive condition. 

Also known as crepitus, this grinding sensation can be caused by gas trapped under the kneecap or it can also be due to ligaments or tendons rubbing over bony surfaces in the knee. Depending on the specific nature of the injury or condition that is causing it, a grinding sensation in your kneecap may or may not be reversible. 

To help you better understand potential causes of your knee-related symptoms and take a more proactive role in your care, our team is happy to share this informative guide. If you have any questions or you’d just like to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

What are the possible causes of a grinding sensation in your kneecap?

Patients complaining of grinding in and around the kneecap are often diagnosed with the following conditions: 

Osteoarthritis — Crepitus is a very common symptom of this degenerative form of arthritis that is caused by joint inflammation due to natural breakdown of joint cartilage. 

Chondromalacia — Also known as “runner’s knee,” this condition describes damage to the cartilage under the kneecap caused by repetitive motions. 

Patellofemoral pain syndrome — This is actually another condition that receives the label “runner’s knee,” this time due to irritation of nerves in and around tendons in the knee. 

Treatment for any of these conditions can involve a range of treatments, with physical therapy being a particularly effective way to relieve symptoms and improve functioning. 

Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation — your knee pain relief experts

When you come to one of our clinics, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your condition and a collaborative approach to treatment. Our goal is to help you find relief from symptoms such as pain and grinding sensations in your kneecap so you can get back to a healthy and active lifestyle. 

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today. 

Categories: Knee Pain

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