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Does Your Total Knee Replacement Click?

Hi my favorite readers! Here is a reprint of a popular post I did a couple of years ago that has received very positive feedback. Quite a few readers have asked to read it again…so here it is. Enjoy!

I have had a number of readers relay information to me that I find quite interesting. It seems that there is a major concern with their bionic knees making clicking sounds. My tkr does click every now and then, but nothing serious.The majority of the time I have no problem with any “sound”. However, sometimes I do “feel” something similar to that of taking a sheet of aluminum foil and wadding it up. My bionic knee sometimes (rarely) “crinkles”.

It is a difficult feeling to describe. I cannot hear it, either. And, when I put my hand over my tkr knee, I cannot feel this “crinkling” or clicking happening. I just wanted to bring it up since I know others who have had a total knee replacement are having similar experiences as mentioned above.

Anybody else have similar experiences they would want to share?

Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!






14 comments to Does Your Total Knee Replacement Click?

  • BOB

    HI;

    I AM 11 WEEK AFTER TKR AND FEEL A CLCK WHEN I MOVE MY KNEE BACK AND FORTH OR ON A BIKE WHEN IT GOES FULL CIRCLE. I PUT MY HAND ON MY KNEE AND I FEEL A CLICK? I DON’T HEAR IT.
    I AM SOMEWHAT SWOLLEN OR A VERY FIRM HARD FEELING OF MUSCLE?? FROM FRONT OF KNEE WHEN SITTING TO ABOUT 6 INCHES BACK TOWARDS WAIST?
    PLUS MY KNEE IS WARM TO TOUCH?
    PLUS MY KNEE IS TIGHT AND I BENDING IT BACK SITTING IN A CHAIR I CAN ONLY GET 90 DEGREES
    AND IF I TRY TO DO MORE IT HURTS?
    PULLING ON FRONT OF LEG AND HAMSTRINGS.
    PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUTG THIS?
    THANKS & GOD BLESS US ALL.

  • Hi Bob,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. Everything you describe has happened to me and my readers. Take a look around this site for more feedback.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • had my knee replaced in 2010.Six months after replacement I complained of movement and clicking sounds.Infeb. 2011 my knee gave out and I fell hitting my heaD and loosing my hearing in both ears. spent from feb. to May in hospital.The clicking can be heard and there is movement left & right and up & down. My dr. says my knee is stable and I say how can it be stable and move & click.My knee gave out and they won,t admit it

  • Hi Dave,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment about your unfortunate experience. Best of luck to you in your tkr journey.
    Keep in touch…

  • Zee

    I had staged bilateral TKR (10 days apart) in September 2012. Once the swelling went waaaaay down and I great range of motion, the clunking started. Out and out clunking, not clicking. When I had my four month check up with my surgeon, he said clunking is a good thing as it means there’s no scar tissue in there. It doesn’t hurt. Sometimes I think it feels weird, but I think it’s just because of the way it sounds and not really how it feels. So the doc says it’s a good thing, and he’s one of the best in New England.

  • Ellen Mills

    I am just over 5 months since my TKR. For the past month I have been having a clicking sound in the knee when I stand up from a chair. ALso, if I put my hand on the knee, I can “feel” the click as well. It is also painful when this happens…like the bone is rubbing together?? When I move about in bed, I can experience a “catching” in the joint and this is painful also. Should I be concerned?

  • Hi Ellen,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. I’m not a medical professional who gives advice. Only you can decide what is best for you. I didn’t experience your symptoms, so am useless for providing any insight. If it’s too disconcerning to you, consult with your surgeon.
    Good luck!

  • Jaynee

    I am just 3 months out from TKR. I have an audible double click with each step. I walk great but still have some swelling and a tightness on the right side of my knee. Steps are still a problem. I am told everything looks great. Happy to find that I am not the only one with the problem. Is this really normal? I am 62 and would like this thing to last.

  • Kindra N

    That is very interesting, You are an overly professional
    blogger. I have joined your feed and look ahead to in
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  • Jenny E

    I had both my knees replaced at the same time almost twelve years ago, and had a saga with my right one. The left was fine – but in the past year it has begun both clicking and clunking with every movement, and the more I am on my feet, the worse the pain becomes. It feels as if the two parts of the prosthesis are locking as I move my knee. Has anyone experienced this?

  • Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your interesting tkr comment. I have not experienced what you are going through, so cannot provide any insight. I feel for you, though. :? Maybe others will pitch in with their experiences.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Claude Dionne

    I am 9wks into my RTKR rehab. I have 140° ROM but I still have an issue with extension (1°). I’ve noticed a “clunking” sound when I ride my stationary bike but I don’t feel any pain as a result of the unusual noise. I’m not worried about the sound per se, I’m more concerned about the swealing behind my knee and the tenderness on the lateral side of the knee going well into the shin area. Does anyone else have the same issue?

  • Hi Claude,
    If it’s any consolation, I am 6 years post-tkr and my knee still clunks sometimes. Riding an exercise bike is especially true for this happening. Swelling and tenderness commonly occur, also.
    Hope this helps.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Mj

    Sorry this blog is not very useful. It is ok if you just want to share experiences, but not beyond that.
    I am 6 weeks out of tkr. My knee clunks, often quite violently. My suspicious is simple. The doctors do not have a clue exactly what is going on. It could be the patella tracking yet even if I stabilize this it can happen and that seems more of a snap. My view is more that it is a translation force of tibia and femur due to a poor functioning balance of the collateral ligaments. I was amazed at how sloppy surgeons are in what they do. It’s like this. Imagine if you needed a shelf desperately. So along comes a person who makes a shelf for you. You are so happy at last. A week later however you think to yourself. Gee, I’m grateful for the shelf, but not trying to be mean, did you have to put it up at 135 degrees slant and couldn’t you have made it level? This analogy is how I feel about my surgery. It definitely beats having OA. I’m grateful for the proverbial shelf, but my knee is 10 degrees in valgus and way more externally rotated at the tibia then before. So to me it obvious that ligaments and muscles that were developed for a more normal alignment can’t really stabilize properly. So I am pretty sure the clunking is due to this non pathological instability, that the doctor can’t do anything about and is hoping that with time muscles will make up any shortfalls in sloppy technique. Regardless that muscles and ligaments serve different purposes so they never will be able to do that fully. The doctors also know that it sounds like you are ungrateful if you complain. Really this is due to lack of adequate predation, caring and relying too much on the mechanical jigs to do the work.

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