Air bubbles in the synovial fluid, the substance that surrounds and lubricates the joints, and the snapping of taut ligaments, as they move from one bony surface to another, produce the audible sound. It is commonly referred to as crepitus when people hear this noise in their knees while climbing and descending stairs. Pain or swelling that comes along with joint cracking usually points to a mechanical issue or disease activity within or near the joint, such as torn or frayed cartilage.
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Query: Hello doctor,I have a cracking sound in my shoulders. It is similar to that sound while I crack my finger knuckles but louder. Sometimes I feel that my shoulders are in an awkward position and feel pain. When I try to rotate it around, it makes a cracking sound. Also, that happens to the back of my ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and understand your concern.First of all, stop forcibly cracking your head and shoulder. It has become a habit for which the alignment of the neck and shoulder are not normally behaving after you try it manually then only. It might have developed imping... Read Full »