Should You Worry ABout Clicking Joints?

Should You Worry About Clicking Joints?

“Clicking Joints” is a catch all term used to describe a wide range of joint problems that make odd noises when your joints are moved. There is no single cause for these noises and indeed the nature and location can give you many clues into the nature of the problem. There is also a lot if misinformation on the Internet about clicking joints.

Depending on the exact nature of your clicking joints, the implications can range from harmless through to being a serious warning sign that there is a problem needing treatment. There are literally dozens of causes.

One of the commonest explanations is that the clicking is caused by nitrogen bubbles in your joints. There are X-rays and ultrasound videos that show for some people, the problem is caused by the expansion of the joint causing a vacuum. Effectively as your joint expands, there is an empty space that gets stretched and at a certain point is sucks in Nitrogen from the surrounding tissues which causes a loud pop. It won’t often make this noise again for a period of 30 minutes or so.

Whilst this is true in some cases, it does not cover the vast majority of noises where the symptoms rule out this as a cause. Pain is usually an indicator of more deep routed cases. Also if you are doing an exercises repeatedly and you get noises most of the time, this is definitely not what is causing the problem.

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