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What does is mean when your knee makes a popping sound when you bend it

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It can mean several things:
1. Your joint has more fluid on it than normal and it's moving around.
2. One of the tendons is moving over a bony process.
3. ligaments can cause the sensation as they tighten when a joint moves. It also can be related to a tendon snapping around a joint.
4. Popping joints can also be due to rough joint surfaces from cartilage loss and osteophytes associated with osteoarthritis.
5. It is theorized that when knuckles are cracked intentionally, nitrogen bubbles inside the synovial (joint) fluid escape and cause popping. Though not fully explained, often the noise and popping increase soon after a joint surgery, according to literature on the subject.
So without more information, your choices are many!
http://osteoarthritis.about.com/od/osteoarthritissymptoms/a/What-Causes-Popping-Joints.htm

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It either means your knee cap is dislocated or your poping it like you pop your fingers.

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could be calcium buildup or arthritis

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