I have swelling in my left knee along with constant crackles in my left hip. Kindly help.

Q. What is the reason for my constant crackling in my left hip and swelling in my left knee?

Answered by
Sreenivasa Rao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 28, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have been having issues with my left leg. As a dancer, I know that I push my body to extremes. My left hip constantly crackles when I move it laterally or in a circle, predominantly inwards. In addition, I have swelling on the outer side of my left knee. It is not large enough to be visible, but I cannot bend my knee.

Kindly help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern. I feel the popping or cracking sound could be some hip joint issue, maybe a kind of impingement, or sometimes even a weak glute strength may also result in a similar condition as the hip is subjected to overload, as in your case. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Apply ice pack frequently on the gluteus and behind the knee.
  2. Do gentle kneading over the glute buttocks muscles.
  3. Practice gentle stretching of the buttocks, piriformis, and hamstrings.
  4. Practice glute strengthening exercises gradually increase its stability and strength.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

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