Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Frances | 2010/10/08



As a baby my son had " clicking"  knees when he kicked his legs. The doctor said they were slack ligaments but there was no need to worry about it. He developed normally but later as a teenager experienced a locked knee once or twice. My question : Is there such a condition as " slack"  ligaments and should anything have been done about the problem. He played lots of sport and had no problems but as an adult is experiencing knee pain when doing certain activities. I have posted my question elsewhere but received no response. Can you perhaps give me an answer?

Expert's Reply



Clicking of the knees is also known as 'snapping' of the knees.You can find quite a bit of information on Google. The cause is thought to be weak muscles or insufficient support of the muscles and tendons around the knee. It is quite common for adolescents and adults who had this clicking/snapping knee problem to experience knee pain especially after exercise. The best approach to treatment is to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint with special exercises. The best person to see would be a physiotherapist.

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