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I hear a crunching sound when I stretch out my back?

I hear a crunching sound when I stretch out my back?

Probably no worries: "crunching sounds" when moving or stretching joints are not bone-on-bone in the vast majority of cases. It is simply joint fluid passing from one compartment to another. It is important to stretch all joints, not just your back, to keep you flexible. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that has a lot to do w/how well your nutrition, exercise and coping skills are doing. Speak with your dr. ...Read more

Crunching Sound (Definition)

A crunching sound may be heard in the joints if the joint surfaces are rough from wear ...Read more


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Sounds bizarre but I keep hearing a crunching sound at back of my head when I walk, just wondering why?

Sounds bizarre but I keep hearing a crunching sound at back of my head when I walk, just wondering why?

Osteoarthritis: Popping sounds can sometimes heard when muscle or tendon slides over a bony bump. Joint changes such as traumatic, degenerative (osteoarthritis), and inflammation as you turn your neck often produce noises. A courser grinding or crunching may indicate more advanced changes in the surfaces of one or more joints. If pain associated with noise physical therapy and anti-inflammatory agents can help. ...Read more

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I hear a crunching sound in my left ear whenever I move my head. There are no other symptoms. It is not ear wax.

I hear a crunching sound in my left ear whenever I move my head. There are no other symptoms. It is not ear wax.

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain in my ankle and often feel the need to click it. When I point my foot and move my big toe I hear a crunching sound above my heal.

I have a lot of pain in my ankle and often feel the need to click it. When I point my foot and move my big toe I hear a crunching sound above my heal.

Accessory Bone...: Hello,
What you are describing are symptoms that can be related an accessory bone located behind the talus bone (one of the 3 bone that make up your ankle joint). This is known as an Os Trigonum. Some patients can have this and are asymptomatic and others will have symptoms. There is a tendon/muscle belly located within that area that can get irritated. Advanced imaging maybe necessary for you ...Read more

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I hit my knee on the hard floor 5 month ago and now I hear some crunching sound whenever I step on a stairs.. .

I hit my knee on the hard floor 5 month ago and now I hear some crunching sound whenever I step on a stairs.. .

See doctor: It is possible you damaged the cartilage, meniscus, etc. In your knee. You need to see your primary care doctor for examination and probable ordering M.R.I. and referral if necessary. ...Read more

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I bent over and heard a crunching sound in my lower back and now it aches. It sounded like someone stepped on cereal should I see a dr?

I bent over and heard a crunching sound in my lower back and now it aches. It sounded like someone stepped on cereal should I see a dr?

It depends...: Local heat, light regular activity, OTC pain medicines like naproxen, ibuprofen or acetaminophen - start with them. If not improving in 48-72 hours, your work requires lifting & bending, or the back pain radiates down to lower leg or foot, then see your doctor. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Why does my knee keep cracking and making crunching sound?

Why does my knee keep cracking and making crunching sound?

Let me help: You surface of the or the surface of the thigh bone is rough due to some kind injury, which made rough instead being smooth, this why the noise coming from. ...Read more

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My knees make crunching sound when I go up and down from stairs or bend down? What can I do?

My knees make crunching sound when I go up and down from stairs or bend down? What can I do?

Have it evaluated.: Sound coming from the knee could be due to tendon, cartilage, or bone abnormalities. Have it evaluated by your orthopedist and find out why it is making that sound. ...Read more

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Every time I swing my arm or pull heavy weights it my arm makes a crunching sound and pulls out of socket. What do you think May be the cause?

Every time I swing my arm or pull heavy weights it my arm makes a crunching sound and pulls out of socket. What do you think May be the cause?

Hypermobility Ehlers: You have hypermobility (Ehlers Danlos type III).This has a genetic background and about 50 % of your relatives also have it. You are dislocating your shoulders. You need physical therapy to strengthen your shoulders and an evaluation to be certain you have not had damage. Your physicians will guide you through this evaluation. ...Read more

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Cracking/crunching sound in knees (both) when bending and small lump (1cm diameter) just above knee.

Cracking/crunching sound in knees (both) when bending and small lump (1cm diameter) just above knee.

Knee sounds: Most often knee sounds (called crepitus) are from arthritis - the wearing out of cartilage in the knee. Bumps are more varied, but may represent fluid from arthritis, loose pieces of cartilage in the knee. Bumps that grow should be shared with you doctor. ...Read more

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My wrist has a sharp pain that shoots threw it when I put pressure on it. I wear a brace but it dosnt help. I heard a crunching sound the other day.

My wrist has a sharp pain that shoots threw it when I put pressure on it. I wear a brace but it dosnt help. I heard a crunching sound the other day.

You need to see an: Orthopod, to get properly examined/investigated so a diagnosis be made and treatment started. Take some pain meds that you have used in the past. ...Read more

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My doctor was doing a nasal culture and I heard a crunching sound as he pushed in the swab. I had a little bleeding. What could have made that noise?

My doctor was doing a nasal culture and I heard a crunching sound as he pushed in the swab. I had a little bleeding. What could have made that noise?

Mild trauma: I suspect the sound was caused by dislodging a scap or mild trauma to excessively dry or infected nasal mucosa. The sound was probably amplified for you? Did the doctor even hear it? Since the bleeding resolved, would not give it another thought, except that there may be strategies to improve overall health of the nasal mucosa. ...Read more

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Cartilage-can it be healed on its own if it is sligtly dammaged...Mr showed I had bubles behind my knee cap. My knee makes crunching sound sometimes?

Cartilage-can it be healed on its own if it is sligtly dammaged...Mr showed I had bubles behind my knee cap. My knee makes crunching sound sometimes?

Cartilage: Cartilage damage generally doesn't heal on its own. However, with some treatment like therapy and medicine it can become less painful and help prevent further damage. Sometimes, if bad enough, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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I had an old injury...I dislocated my knee cap 1.5 years ago so now I still have a crunching sound coming from behind my knee cap but no pain. Advice?

Patella: No pain is a good thing unless you have a charcot joint with destruction from diabetes, etc. It doesn't sound like a neuropathic joint, so continue maintenance exercises and avoid surgery. ...Read more

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I injured hand, now when move pinkie finger, hand makes crunching sound, what's happening? Did I break it or just sprain it? It hurts a lot.

I injured hand, now when move pinkie finger, hand makes crunching sound, what's happening? Did I break it or just sprain it? It hurts a lot.

Finger injury: If you had a traumatic injury and it is making noise when you move it I would be worried about a fracture of your 5th metacarpal bone or finger. ...Read more

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Chest pain left breast area only relieved by pressing on chest and makes a crunching sound like my ribs are cracking. Should I go to the er? No insura

Chest pain left breast area only relieved by pressing on chest and makes a crunching sound like my ribs are cracking. Should I go to the er? No insura

Few choices: Sometimes air in soft tissue from pneumothorax = crepitance can feel like that -rice crispy sensation
other would be rib trauma with ribs crunching over one another
x-ray can define. ...Read more

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My upper back gets stiffed oftenly&gets relaxed when I do stretch right/left, while doing stretching I hear crunching sounds. Pl suggest?

My upper back gets stiffed oftenly&gets relaxed when I do stretch right/left, while doing stretching I hear crunching sounds. Pl suggest?

Possible arthritis: Even it is early at your age deveolp oesteoarthrities but still possible or could have other type of arthritis and if persist see your M.D. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am hearing a clicking sound while stretching my back/spine?

What does it mean if I am hearing a clicking sound while stretching my back/spine?

Is there pain or no: Pain? There are some different things that this can be, but as long as there is not pain, that's a good thing! It could still suggest arthritis. The clicking sound you hear is either your facets rubbing against each other or any one of the multiple ligamentous structures clicking over protrusions, which again is something that suggests arthritis. At 50, everyone will have some level of arthritis. ...Read more

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I hear cracking sounds in my neck when I move my head backwards or sideways (normal movement) and in my back when I stretch it. It started two months ago?

I hear cracking sounds in my neck when I move my head backwards or sideways (normal movement) and in my back when I stretch it. It started two months ago?

Ligaments: More than likely these sounds are ligamental snapping and most likely are insignificant unless accompanied by discomfort or sharp pains. If you are otherwise fine, there is no need to consult an orthopedic surgeon or chiropractor. ...Read more

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When I stretch my elbows I hear a cracking sound. What does it mean?

When I stretch my elbows I hear a cracking sound. What does it mean?

Your hearing is OK: The physical mechanism causing a cracking sound produced by bending, twisting, or compressing joints is unclear. It may be
small cavities of partial vacuum form in the synovial fluid and then rapidly collapse, rapid stretching of ligaments. Intra-articular adhesions being broken or tendons snapping over bony prominences. ...Read more

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Well here is my question, I have been having this feeling of fluid trickling down the back side of my head from top to bottom and I hear a sound?

Well here is my question, I have been having this feeling of fluid trickling down the back side of my head from top to bottom and I hear a sound?

Otolaryngologist: This may be an inner ear or labyrinthine problem with tinnitus being the sound you complain of. If symptoms persist consult an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) or a neurologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Everytime I walk or move I hear a "grinding" or "cacking" type of sound. Could this be coming from back or neck? What type of symptoms could cause?

Everytime I walk or move I hear a "grinding" or "cacking" type of sound. Could this be coming from back or neck? What type of symptoms could cause?

Grinding - tissue: This suggests that something is rubbing: bone on bone or on other tissue, tendon rub, cartilage rub. When you see you physician tell him of her about this and also if there is pain or other symptoms there. You need to pay close attention as to where it is coming from. ...Read more

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Ii alway hear a pop rock sound in my back of head?

Ii alway hear a pop rock sound in my back of head?

Movement?: Is it based on movement or stretching - can anyone else hear it when you move? It is important to know about full symptoms before giving you advice. ...Read more

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Problem with sleeping, and cracking sounds from my back I hear when I turn left and right?

Problem with sleeping, and cracking sounds from my back I hear when I turn left and right?

Stretching: First you need to stretch your back muscle before going to bed. If you exercise on a regular bases and improve the strength of the back muscle you will have less of a problem. If that did not work you might need to see a doctor for possible diagnostic testing ...Read more

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As a medical student where I put my stethoscope that I cleary hear respiratory sound? Front or back/ area?

As a medical student where I put my stethoscope that I cleary hear respiratory sound? Front or back/ area?

Breath sounds: Top of the lungs at front but the clavicle then inter scapular going down along the back and to the side of the ribs and the front lower ribcage for the determination of middle lobes or lingula. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I'm laying down I'll hear a fizzing sound in the back of my upper neck by my head. Lasts a few seconds and doesn't hurt. What is this?

Tinnitus from inner: This might be what we called tinnitus which can come from the inner ear. There are other locations besides the ear, the brain, circulation to name a few. As part of your evaluation your physician look at all these possibilities and others ...Read more

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I have neck arthritus, when I squeeze my back I can hear it crack like sound, . What to do?

I have neck arthritus, when I squeeze my back I can hear it crack like sound, . What to do?

Evaluation: Evaluation by experienced rheumatologist should help. Cracking may not have any relationship. ...Read more