Ask Dr. Marla: Cracking Bones

By Dr. Marla Shapiro on March 23, 2010

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Q
A few months ago my five-year-old son's knees began to make a noise when he walks.  He seems to not notice it, but I hear clicks. What could be wrong? Is he too young to have x-rays?

A. Our muscles attach to bone by tough cords or bands of fibrous tissue called tendons. An audible clicking noise is usually a tendon or ligament that pops over a prominent area of the bone. Usually, it’s not related to any significant disease or illness. While there are a number of conditions that can have clicking as a sign, it is reassuring that there is no pain and you do not describe any change in his gait, redness or swelling of the knees. Although both x-rays and ultrasounds are useful diagnostic aids, I would suggest that you first see your family doctor and have him examine your son’s knee to rule out any local problems.

Published in Fall 2009

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By Dr. Marla Shapiro| March 23, 2010

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