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My joints crack when I move. Am I at risk for arthritis?

My joints crack when I move.   Am I at risk for arthritis?

Not just from noises: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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I am 23 weeks pregnant and I can't sleep at night, walk, or barely sit down because my hips dislocate and I can't move. Is this normal?

I am 23 weeks pregnant and I can't sleep at night, walk, or barely sit down because my hips dislocate and I can't move. Is this normal?

Not Normal: I assume being 23 weeks into your pregnancy you are already under the care of an obstetrician. Have you seen your OB recently, ? If not need to be seen soon. ...Read more

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When i extend my joints they crack. As in i extend my arms and legs i hear a crack from the joint but I have no pain at all.

When i extend my joints they crack. As in i extend my arms and legs i hear a crack from the joint but I have no pain at all.

Normal if nonpainful: Joint cracking or popping is not an abnormality aslong as it is nonpainful. There are a variety of reasons why a joint can 'pop'. The most common reason is that there is a negative pressure inside your joint in relation to atmospheric pressure. Certain movements can create a acute reduction in the joint pressure in relation to joint volume and a 'pop' results. ...Read more

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33Male plumber i always on my knees i think i have arthritis they crack pop and hurt all the time i were knee pads now so can i have arthritis at 33?

33Male plumber i always on my knees i think i have arthritis they crack pop and hurt all the time i were knee pads now so can i have arthritis at 33?

Arthritis: It is good that you are wearing knee pads. There are other factors that contribute to the pain and can include meniscal issues or weak thigh muscles, previous trauma, overuse. 33 is young to have only arthritis. ...Read more

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I am 17 .a week ago i was cracking my knuckles but now the cracking does whenever i make a fist.Slight pain in upper knuckle of mid finger .athritis?

No: There is no disorder in your knuckles. Cracking sound on bending a joint is benign. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Hi I have osteoarthritis in my hips and now when i stand up too long my lower back really hurts could it be osteo I have too bend forward for relief?

Hi I have osteoarthritis in my hips and now when i stand up too long my  lower back really hurts could it be osteo I have too bend forward for relief?

Arthritis?: Your are quite young to have osteoarthritis of the hips. If you now have low back pain as well, a visit to your primary physician would be a good idea to evaluate for other causes related to other arthritic conditions or immune-related disorders, as well as spinal stenosis or disc disease of the lower spine. ...Read more

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I am 53 years old. I have pain in my left shoulder and both knees. I carry heavy objects at my job. Is this arthritis or muscle pain?

I am 53 years old. I have pain in my left shoulder and both knees. I carry heavy objects at my job. Is this arthritis or muscle pain?

Could be both! Or it: Could also be rotator cuff issues in the shoulder. See your pcp for some pain meds and an orhtopod for proper diagnoses of the knee and shoulder's problems. Steroid shots, pt, exercises etc can also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can i stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now i have pain all down my leg, wasnt even doing anything, i take extra d's?

How can i stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now i have pain all down my leg, wasnt even doing anything, i take extra d's?

Possible arthritis: When you mention your leg cracked are you referring to your knee? If so knee cracking or creditable can be a symptom of osteoarthritis. With mild OA regular activity and maintenance of an ideal body weight can help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis, Aleve, and Motrin can be taken. If the cracking continues or if the joint becomes unstable you might need further medical treatment. ...Read more

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I been having knee problems for the past year. When I am bending my knees and try to lift myself up again, i feel like i don't have the spring I use to?

I been having knee problems for the past year. When I am bending my knees and try to lift myself up again, i feel like i don't have the spring I use to?

Muscle weakness !? : Sounds like yours knees are getting better but the fact that's you have trouble to get up may be quadriceps ( tight muscle ) weakness ! this muscle is very important for knee function and strengthening may help ! recommended distance of physical therapist ! ...Read more

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I have been having pain half way between my hip and knee, in the bone, becoming worse when I am sitting almost unbearable at times.

I have been having pain half way between my hip and knee, in the bone, becoming worse when I am sitting almost unbearable at times.

Plan: The proper way to figure out what the problems it's evaluation: exam, possible XRay, and US or MRI. Please make the appointment. It's can not be solved on line. ...Read more

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I'm 17, I have a severe aching pain in my ankles and knees at night to the point where I can't fall asleep, i play sports and am constantly on my feet?

I'm 17, I have a severe aching pain in my ankles and knees at night to the point where I can't fall asleep, i play sports and am constantly on my feet?

It sounds like you: r putting a lot of mechanical stress on your ankle and knee joints.To reduce the pain,you may have to stop the activity that is causing the pain.Acute joint pain is treated with R.I.C.E.( rest,ice,compression( for any swelling with an ace bandage),elevation(also for swelling)).If there is any redness or swelling,you need to c a doc to examine these joints and order x-Rays,labs,meds,excuse to coach ...Read more

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I have hip pain in my right hip and at times i feel, what seems, like the bones grinding when i walk.. How can I fix this?

Get diagnosis: The first step in treating any problem is to know the cause. You should see a doctor to get a diagnosis. At your age this should not be occurring and could be due to hypermobile joint , prior injury, muscle disease, or arthritis. You should see a doctor with experience in this type of problem. If you have not had a prior injury consider a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My joints crack a lot for an ex. Sometimes I have my legs apart while lying down and when i put them together the joints near my tailbone crack?

My joints crack a lot for an ex. Sometimes I have my legs apart while lying down and when i put them together the joints near my tailbone crack?

Cracking joints: Joint cracking noises is common and usually normal. Gentle exercises e.g. Yoga may help you stretch your joints and feel more comfortable. ...Read more

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I've been running for years with no problems, but lately I can hear crackling in my knees when I climb stairs. Does this mean I have osteoarthritis?

I've been running for years with no problems, but lately I can hear crackling in my knees when I climb stairs. Does this mean I have osteoarthritis?

Yes: The answer is that the articular cartilage in your knee, particularly behind the knee cap is rough and irregular. That is why it makes noise, particularly when loading the knee in flexion (going up and down stairs and squatting). However, just because the knee makes noise does not mean surgery is required. Usually a low impact quadriceps strengthening program can help offload the knee joint. ...Read more

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My joints crack when I move. Am I at risk for arthritis?

Not just from noises: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects. ...Read more

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Why might someone's joints crack/pop when they move?

Why might someone's joints crack/pop when they move?

Probably normal: Joint cracking is normal and is often caused by bursting of nitrogen bubbles. ...Read more

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Constant Painful joints, all Rheumy blood tests normal. No visible redness or inflammation. Started years proceeding childbirth. Audible crack, poppin?

Constant Painful joints, all Rheumy blood tests normal. No visible redness or inflammation. Started years proceeding childbirth. Audible crack, poppin?

Exercise: You may be simply deconditioned form inactivity. The good news is your rheumatolgy workup is negative. If not active, begina program of burst interval high and low impact aerobics. Consult a physicial therpay and/or a personal trainer. Use Advil (ibuprofen) ( low dose) until joint pain resolves. BioFreeze is another excellent product for joint pain. ...Read more

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All my joints crack all the time, why is this and what to do?

Many theories. ..: ...Such as nitrogen bubbles popping in the synovial fluid is 1, what 2 do, nothing. U will never b a good catburgler as u will announce ur presence by the noisy joints. ...Read more

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My joints crack so much. How can I prevent this?

My joints crack so much. How can I prevent this?

Joints crack : Strengthening the supporting soft tissue structures (muscles, ligaments, tendons) is the key. ...Read more

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Why do my joints crack so much? I drink a lot of water.

Benign: Joint cracking is almost always benign, reflecting pressure changes in the joints. Since we humans are all different in our own ways, it appears that your body has a tendency to have joints that crack. Nothing to worry about, unless you begin to notice persistent associated pain, in which case you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why do your joints crack after you sprain them?

Exact reason is unk-: Nown. It doesn't happen in everyone who has had injury to a ligament. Some people are just able to crack their joints. ...Read more

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My child has JRA and her joints crack all the time and is painful when they crack. Is this from her JRA? Cracking in new joint now

My child has JRA and her joints crack all the time and is painful when they crack. Is this from her JRA? Cracking in new joint now

See details: It is impossible to say for certain without being able to examine your child. However, pain associated with cracking is often a sign of inflammation. You need to address this issue with the doctor who is treating the child's JRA. ...Read more

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What to do if my joints crack?

Nothing: Cracking is normal and related to bursting of nitrogen bubbles. If there is no pain associated with the cracking, forget about it. ...Read more

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My joints crack all the time why is this?

My joints crack all the time why is this?

See details: The sound is caused by bursting of nitrogen bubbles which are formed as the result of normal metabolism in the synovial fluid in the joint. Other causes include, rapid stretching of ligaments and cavitations in the joint which form a partial vacuum and then rapidly collapse. ...Read more

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Why do my joints crack so much and can I help prevent this?

Why do my joints crack so much and can I help prevent this?

Ear muffs: typically a 'pop' in a joint is a nitrogen bubble coming out of suspension. Avoid negative pressure within the joint. At your age don't worry about it. A good treatment would be some earmuffs! ...Read more

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Child has JRA and her joints crack and cause much pain when they crack. Is this from her JRA?

Child has JRA and her joints crack and cause much pain when they crack. Is this from her JRA?

Joints cracking: Joints that pop or crack with movement is very common and although it is sometimes uncomfortable, most people do not characterize it as being very painful. The fact is we don't know exactly why joints pop but usually it does not require any treatment. You child needs to be followed by a doctor more because they have JRA than the cracking itself. Good luck :) ...Read more

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My shoulder joints crack/snap every time I do a full rotating of my arm, I'm only 16 is this anything harmful?

My shoulder joints crack/snap every time I do a full rotating of my arm, I'm only 16 is this anything harmful?

NO: You are feeling the "Rotator Cuff" (the tendons which surround the shoulder allowing THE MOST MOTION of ANY JOINT in the whole body! At your age this tendon tissue and the CARTILAGE of the joint itself are PLIABLE ..can stretch and make the sound you"hear". If you are otherwise HEALTHY this is all NORMAL!\ Hope this helps ! Dr Z ...Read more

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Im only 20, but my joints crack, what please tell me what is wrong with me now?

See below: This is a common phenomena---it is due to Nitric Oxide bubbles popping in your joint and it is benign---but if it continues to bother you see your doctor. ...Read more

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My joints crack so much all over my body? Why does this happen and is there any way to prevent it? Ex vitamins?

My joints crack so much all over my body? Why does this happen and is there any way to prevent it? Ex vitamins?

Cracking joints: There aredifferent reasons why joints make the cracking sound. it has to do with the degeneration of the joints which is common in older people w/ arthritis. it may be due to an injury. they crack simply because of the build up of gas pressure from the exchange of nutrients from your bloodstream. cracking sound is not a problem. If you're having joint pain you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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My joints crack constantly all over my body with just simple movements. Been happening since early teens. Is there anything i can do to prevent?

My joints crack constantly all over my body with just simple movements. Been happening since early teens. Is there anything i can do to prevent?

Increase flexibility: You have increased flexibility, also known as benign hypermobile syndrome, or ehlers-danlos type iii. The best thing you can do is to exercise to help prevent the side effects of hypermobility. ...Read more

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I feel 6w baby's joints crack all the time, especially during diaper changes & holding her. Sounds like cracking knuckles. Is this normal? Scared!

I feel 6w baby's joints crack all the time, especially during diaper changes & holding her.  Sounds like cracking knuckles. Is this normal?  Scared!

Joint "popping" is: not anything to worry about, except if the popping is of the hip joints. Pediatricians routinely check for congenital hip dysplasia with ;dislocation. Grunting & turning red in the face to expel gas or normal stools is because the smooth muscle of the gut does not yet work in a coordinated manner. Learn the "football hold" or "colic carry" for the next few weeks. This,too, shall pass. ...Read more

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Why do my joints crack? (Specifically my knee and foot)

Why do my joints crack? (Specifically my knee and foot)

Normal joint: Some individuals have joints that "crack" and is usually an inherited trait. It is usually a normal and benign condition that results from Nitrogen dissoved in the joint fluid (called synovial fluid) suddenly escaping with pressure developing within the joint with normal motion. With rapid escape of Nitrogen, you can hear a popping or cracking sound. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more