What i can do to ease the pain with out meds or surgery in my left knee?

Patient : My name is derek trout im 20 years old most people think im just messing arround when i say my knee is killing me. i played close to 10 years of football but now im paying for it. every time i walk up stairs or when im hikeing i hear and feel a loud, crunch! followed by a deep pain that surrounds my entire knee i have had knee problems sence i was young with hyperextioncions.. forgive my speling. i would like to know what is causing my left knee to crunch, if its serrious and what i can do to ease the pain with out meds or surgery?
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