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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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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?

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

I'm 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