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Do Your Cracking Joints Mean Something Serious?

Updated on September 28, 2020
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I am a practicing physical therapist aiming to help people with my knowledge as much as possible.

Why do your joints crack and make popping noises?

Do you ever feel like you have the bones of an eighty-year-old and often ask yourself Why do your joints crack and make popping noises? Perhaps, all of us have been there at some point of time or experience it once in a while. So, is it something to be taken care of? Let's find out.

A very straight to the point answer of the question that 'why are my joints popping' is simply due to a fluid surrounding your joints called synovial fluid, which works as a lubricant between the two bones and serves to reduce friction whenever a joint movement takes place. The fluid contains several gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Whenever you hear a crack or a pop sound it just might be these gases escaping and creating such sounds.

Joints Cracking
Joints Cracking

Another reason why your joints might be making such sounds is due to the movement of ligaments and tendons. A tendon changes its position whenever a body movement takes place with your ligaments tightening over your joints. A snap sound can be heard when the tendon returns back to its original position. This is more frequent in ankle and knee joints.

Snapping joints and other symptoms

With the above-mentioned reasons, it is safe to assume that your joints are completely healthy. However, If you are experiencing some other symptoms with the cracking sounds then you might want to take a look into it.

A list of symptoms that you might be experiencing that can be a feature of some serious health-related issues is listed below :

  • Pain or stiffness in joints
  • Restricted movement of joints
  • Marked swelling around the joint area
  • Redness around the joints
  • Weakness in the joints
  • Bumps or bony outgrowths in the joints
  • Physical deformities
  • Malaise


Symptoms of serious Joint Disease
Symptoms of serious Joint Disease | Source

Causes

The listed symptoms can be caused due to lack of calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin D3 in the body. Also, these can be the early symptoms of some serious underlying bone diseases such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, dislocation of a joint, injury to a ligament, and many more.

If you are approaching old age then you are likely to suffer from joint diseases because the bones start to degenerate with age.

Snapshot of a doctor examining a patient
Snapshot of a doctor examining a patient | Source

What is the solution?

If you are facing some major problems with any of the mentioned symptoms then it is highly advisable to see a doctor so you can get a proper assessment and the required further treatment.

However, if you need a temporary solution to ease your pain before you actually visit a health care provider then some of the following remedies might help you out.

  • Heat Therapy: You can give yourself some heat therapy at home by soaking your joint in lukewarm water or by simply using a heating belt. Make sure to have regular checks to prevent any chances of burns.

CAUTION: DO NOT USE HEAT IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY TYPE OF REDNESS OR OTHER SKIN ISSUES.

  • Ice packs: Ice can be used to soothe hot and swollen joints.
  • Massaging: Gently massaging over the area can lead to some muscle relaxation and pain relief. However, if the pain is too much then a massage should be avoided.
  • Stretching: Performing mild stretching can help ease the pain.

All of the techniques should be performed with proper care and instructions. If the pain or condition is too serious then you should visit a health care provider as soon as possible.

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    • Khan2761aliya profile imageAUTHOR

      Virago 

      11 days ago from Hubpages

      Hey Caro❤️

      Thankyou so much love❤️

      Means a lot me❤️❤️

      Sending all the love to you❤️

      Hugs Xx

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      caro 

      11 days ago

      omg this is so good and informative ❤️ you’re a great writer and i bet you’ll accomplish a lot ❤️❤️

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      Virago 

      12 days ago from Hubpages

      Hi Gurpreet,

      Thankyou so muchhh for your comment. It really motivates me ❤️

      Sending all the love through your way ❤️❤️

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      Gurpreet 

      12 days ago

      Superb n brilliant topic brought up nicely. Keep writing

      Good luck

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      Virago 

      12 days ago from Hubpages

      Thankyou so much Ira❤️

      All the love ❤️

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      Ira 

      12 days ago

      So informative & helpful

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      Virago 

      12 days ago from Hubpages

      Thankyou ❤️

      All the love ❤️❤️

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      zoya 

      12 days ago

      nice May allah bless uh

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      Virago 

      12 days ago from Hubpages

      Thankyou so muchh❤️❤️

      All the love ❤️

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      Pamela 

      12 days ago

      Really informative and insightful!

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      Virago 

      12 days ago from Hubpages

      Thankyou so much love❤️

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      13 days ago

      You did a great job. It’s well written and I learned some new things. Keep it up love❤️

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      Mehek 

      13 days ago

      So informative, definitely answered my questions! Thanks for sharing!

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      Virago 

      13 days ago from Hubpages

      Thankyou so much Aadya

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      Aadya Singh 

      13 days ago

      Very well written, got to know some new things, thank you for writing this :)

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      13 days ago

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      13 days ago

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