Noisy knees may be early sign of knee osteoarthritisBMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2171 (Published 04 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2171
- Jacqui Wise
Patients who report that they hear grating, cracking, or popping sounds in or around the knee joint may be at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, a study published in Arthritis Care & Research has found.1
Patients frequently ask doctors whether crepitus—such sounds in or around a joint—is a problem. The researchers said that theirs is the first study to find an association between self reported crepitus and incident symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.