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A 56-year-old female asked:

Why do joints such as wrist and knee sometimes click or creak during exercise? if no accompanying pain, is it problematic?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Bubble and squeak.: This is thought to be the result of little bubbles moving around the joint spaces, perhaps a very early sign of arthritis in some people. But if it doesn't hurt, and the range of motion is unchanged, it is not harmful - I have had a similar problem in one ankle since childhood!
Dr. Rodney Alan
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Not a problem: Popping or crepitation of the joints are common. This occurs when tissues such as cartilage, bone, tendon, or ligaments glide over one another. Often times there may be mild underlying arthritis or tendinitis. If you're not experiencing any discomfort then this is not a problem.

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