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Does cracking in your shoulders meen you have arthritis.?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It really depends on the degree, occasionally popping sounds from any joint is benign.
If the shoulders are constantly producing grinding sounds or if you feel a type of clunking sensation in the shoulders, there could be a problem and you should get it checked out.

In brief: Depends

It really depends on the degree, occasionally popping sounds from any joint is benign.
If the shoulders are constantly producing grinding sounds or if you feel a type of clunking sensation in the shoulders, there could be a problem and you should get it checked out.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Could be other thing

The shoulder has many structures: joints, bursas, tendons.
Any of these can crack. Does it hurt when it cracks? Do structures slip with the cracking? Can you feel anything? What motions of the shoulder crack. Bursitis and tendonitis are the common problems in the shoulders not arthritis. There are two joints in the shoulder: the glenohumeral joint and the acromial-clavicular joint.

In brief: Could be other thing

The shoulder has many structures: joints, bursas, tendons.
Any of these can crack. Does it hurt when it cracks? Do structures slip with the cracking? Can you feel anything? What motions of the shoulder crack. Bursitis and tendonitis are the common problems in the shoulders not arthritis. There are two joints in the shoulder: the glenohumeral joint and the acromial-clavicular joint.
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Actually cracking sound is typically related to formation and collapse of vacuums. It may be normal.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Not necessarily

No, not necessarily.
If you are concerned you could be seen and evaluated.

In brief: Not necessarily

No, not necessarily.
If you are concerned you could be seen and evaluated.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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