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Why Do My I Crack My Joints
Arthritis or : Snapping hip syndrome (also referred to as coxa saltans, iliopsoas tendinitis, or dancer's hip) is a medical condition characterized by a snapping sensation felt when the hip is flexed and extended. This may be accompanied by an audible snapping or popping noise and pain or discomfort. Pain often decreases with rest and diminished activity. ...Read more
Fluid buildup: Most joint noises are attributed to a hydraulic effect of fluid in the joint (normal or increased quantity) being forced around based on movement. This is akin to the bang or rattle heard in pipes in older houses with abrupt water turn-off. It can indicate excess fluid--like from injury, or be normal. It is usually harmless, but should be evaluated if associated with pain or decreased motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I can snap both my wrists back and I hear a popping sound. What is happening when I do that? Why can't I crack my knuckles repeatedly?
Injury or overuse?: Pain is more of a concerning sign than making noise. If you have previously injured that elbow or if you do an activity where you hold the elbow in a certain position for a long time (video games, sports?), that can cause the muscles to become less flexible. It can be common for joints to make popping noises as muscles move. Consider looking up elbow and forearm stretches, or yoga? ...Read more
Painful? see dr: If it is painful see a doctor, if it's not painful then don't be too concerned, some people have joints that make noises. ...Read more
Ortho evaluation: Actual knee dislocation is often the result of significant trauma and is incapacitating. Based on that it sounds as though you are referring to recurrent patellar (kneecap) dislocation. The unstable knee cap will often relocate on its own but sometimes requires relocation by a physician. However recurrent dislocation can be debilitating and thus warrants evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I hope this will: The single most classic behavioral method is to wrap a rubber band around your wrist. When you notice you are about to crack your knuckles pull back on the rubber band and release. The tiny bit of pain will remind you not to crack. ...Read more
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