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Old 09-27-2006, 11:16 AM   #1
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Cracking Joints

Hello everyone, I would appreciate some input here.

The joints of my body give off a cracking sound very often, especially when I move after a long time in the same position - sitting for example. It's not painful, but I do feel that split second of discomfort when it "cracks".

I suspect this might be due to the fact that I have minimal muscles and fats to support my bones/ligaments. Most of the time, it poses no major problem, just a nasty sound and feeling which I've grown used to.

However recently, the joints of my entire right arm (wrist, elbow and shoulder) is starting to ache slightly even when it's not "cracking". I'm a little concern because being a right-hander, I would like it to work effortlessly for as long as possible.

Is there a medical term for this or is it simply one of those nagging pains? I understand it's best that I seek professional advice, and I have made an appointment with an orthopedist. Unfortunately, it's a long wait so I thought I'd do some reading in the meantime.

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Re: Cracking Joints

Joints contain synovial fluid that acts as a lubricant. This fluid contains oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.

When a joint cracks it stretches the joint capsule allowing rapid release of gas which forms bubbles.

Movement of joints, tendons, and ligaments may move slightly out of place causing a snapping sound as they return to their original position. Ligaments may tighten as the joint moves causing a cracking sound, usually in a knee or ankle.

Rough surface of the joints will make sounds when cartilage becomes rough and passes over the joints.

 
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:27 AM   #3
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Re: Cracking Joints

Thanks for the explanation, so should I be concern about this? Will there be any long-term effects?

 
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Re: Cracking Joints

I have heard that your joints cracking are not hurting you and should not have any long term effects.
Hope this helps!

 
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Re: Cracking Joints

From what I read about cracking joints it does not hurt anything. However, if it hurts when it pops, you need to see a doctor.

Do you drink plenty of water? If not, you may have dry joints.

 
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