Bones and joints are dispensable for movement. There are hundreds of jointed bones in our body that are responsible for all types of movements. These bones act as the arms of an interconnected system of hinges and levers (the primary leverage mechanisms employed by the joints to perform their functions). The body owes its shape and support to the skeletal system made up of all the bones, joints and the supporting tissues. Joints are subject to wear as they are continually used by us for all sorts of mechanical functions. One of the most common problems that is prevalent in our skeletal system is the issue of cracking joints.

Generally the joints allow a wide range of movements. But there is a limit to the flexibility of the human body. Lifting or moving something the wrong way or sitting at the desk all day will cause discomfort at the joints and you may experience the problem of cracking joints as you try to move your body after a period of inactivity. The cartilage in the joints helps to cushion it against daily strenuous activities. Cracking joints hinder the rotating, hinging and sliding movements between various bones because these movements are made possible by joints.

Cracking joints in the body are not to be taken lightly as they are an early indicator of distress in the joints between our bones. If the issue is not taken care of at an early stage, you will not be able to do many of the things that you take for granted. So, it is your prime responsibility to prevent cracking joints.

The problem with cracking joints occurs when the rubbing surfaces at the end of the bones that are lined with smooth and soft tissues known as cartilage are damaged or the ligaments that hold the bones in position are affected. These tissues are not replaceable. Some alternatives have been developed but they have still not been approved for use in humans.

Overweight persons run the risk of being affected by cracking joints especially in the knees and hips. These joints are the ones which bear the load of a human body and the heavier you are the more you at risk of being afflicted with the problem of cracking joints. One of the best ways by which you can avoid this problem is by continuously monitoring your weight and exercising regularly to keep it under check at all times.