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    So, my girlfriend convinced me to go primal. So far, so good; been going for the diet for about a month, and just starting to work in some exercise.

    I'm about 220 lbs, 6'8", and my right knee crackles whenever I put weight on it while bent; squatting, sitting, climbing stairs, whatever.

    Question: think it'll get better? Worse? Go easy at first?

    Suggestions are welcome. :-)

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    Tall...Go easy at first to build strength in your quads/hamstrings. How old are you? Have you had any issues with it prior/surgeries? I ask only because I'm 45 and had surgery on mine, and occassionally it gives me the rice crispy treatment. However, I will say that since going primal, alot of the issues cleared up pretty quicky...Grok On!
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    • #3
      Mine don't crunch anymore and they did for about 10 years. I just now noticed it. Holy shit.
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      • #4
        From what I've heard, provided there's no pain, it's normal in the beginning. It should reduce as your strength improves.

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        • #5
          How old are you?
          I went to the doctor for crunchy knees that occasionally felt a little bit of discomfort and he told me I had some condition (I can't remember what the hell the proper name was) that was pretty common among tall men in their twenties/maybe early thirties. According to him, completely harmless. That being said, that was MY diagnosis and it's always best to check in with a doctor. I still make sure to keep good form and back off if I feel the slightest beginnings of discomfort. Good luck!

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          • #6
            OMG, mine don't crunch anymore either! I don't know of it's the diet, the squats, or what. Holy cow.
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            • #7
              The crunchy knee sensation is known as crepitus. It's inflammation/ irritation of the knee cartilage. I had it for years - marching band in high school irritated it a lot. I've been eating paleo for five months now and training with kettlebells - it's completely gone. The primal/paleo diet is anti-inflammatory, so with time I think your situation will improve. Also, you're training so you're building strength. If it becomes bothersome, definitely seek a doctor and physical therapy.
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              • #8
                Ah, same problem here, though it's improved much since going primal and starting weight lifting.

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                • #9
                  Mine still crunch, well one of them. Mostly notice it when I'm going up stairs. No pain, just noise. I've been eating Primal for over two years and if anything it's more noticable lately. Maybe I need to correct my form on squats or something.

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                  • #10
                    Mine used to crick and crack when I squat down, but it has gone down a lot lately.

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                    • #11
                      Good to know!

                      I'm 35; was really hoping this might clear up, as sitting on my tuckus and resting it only seems to make things worse. I used to be a speedskater, many years ago, and figured that might have done a number on it.

                      Thanks, all!

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                      • #12
                        My friend you are 6'8" I am 6'7" with cracky knees since the 7th grade. We have something in common.

                        For me when i hit my growth spurt and skyrocketed the growth plates around my knees grew at differnt rates. As a result my knee caps glide insted of vertical at a slight angle thus irritating the tissue behind it. This was painful.

                        Long story short I gave up football and wrestling because of the pain. Started powerlifting and as soon as the muscle built up in my knees no more pain and minimal cracking.

                        I would bet your knee caps glide at a slight angle too.. Strengthen my friend
                        Cheers

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                        • #13
                          Going for a moderate bike ride stops my crunch for a good 3 days

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                          • #14
                            Stoked to have read this thread. I'm 31 and have recently noticed really crunchy knees during squats after coming back to weight training after a couple of years couch-surfing and eating my bodyweight in smiths chips on a regular basis. Fingers crossed I can kill the crunch too!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by talldean View Post
                              So, my girlfriend convinced me to go primal. So far, so good; been going for the diet for about a month, and just starting to work in some exercise.

                              I'm about 220 lbs, 6'8", and my right knee crackles whenever I put weight on it while bent; squatting, sitting, climbing stairs, whatever.

                              Question: think it'll get better? Worse? Go easy at first?

                              Suggestions are welcome. :-)
                              Sounds like crepitus. It will get worse, but is generally zero impact, does it hurt or cause locking? If so, see a doc.
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