My knees constantly crack and pop and crunch and I'm over it
June 29, 2014 8:35 PM Subscribe
Please help me attain knee health before it's too late.
posted by turbid dahlia to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
So for whatever reason - lifelong issues with being overweight and the possibility that I'm walking "wrong" - my knees have cracked and popped and crunched and ground for as long as I can remember.
They don't hurt, exactly, but it's certainly a sensation, and it's something I am growing more and more aware of and more and more concerned about.
I'm not sure if it's gotten better or worse since I started doing barbell training a couple of years back. Plenty of barbell squatting and deadlifting. Since I started doing things of that nature, I guess I've become perhaps hyperaware of what my knees are doing, and I'm not liking what they're up to.
Even something as simple as extending my legs when I'm in a seated position sets them a-crunching. I'm obviously going to go down the self-therapy route first, and I've been reading a lot about IT bands and foam rolling and glute activation and myofascial release and things of that nature, but I think I mainly want to canvass for opinions and stories and advice before I buy a bunch of things and spend my evenings flopping around on the floor like some kind of mini-Migaloo.
Metafilterites with crunchy knees, what have you done or what do you do to relieve the snap crackle pop, and move about correctly in the world?