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Knee Cracking Sound

Crepitus is a medical term that describes a joint's popping, clicking, or crackling sound. People usually notice crepitus in their knees, but it can also happen in other joints like the shoulder, elbow, or neck. Crepitus is generally harmless and occurs when air seeps into the soft tissues around the joint. Osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, torn cartilage, and joint replacement. Exercise, diet, weight management, nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy may help manage symptoms.

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Is knee cracking a sign of vitamin D deficiency?

Query: Hello doctor,My query is regarding knee joint and lower back pain. I usually get a cracking sound when I bend my knees and while getting up. The sound is not accompanied by pain. Is this a cause for concern? Please let me know if any test or x-ray needs to be done. I am also having a lower back pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Mahaveer Jingonda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hope this message finds you in good health. You are right. The cracking sounds that you hear in the joints are due to calcium and vitamin D deficiency. These sounds do not mean that bones rub against each other. It means that air bubbles burst inside the joint. These so...  Read Full »

I had an ACL and PCL injury a month ago. Why did my knee suddenly swell while running recently?

Query: Hello doctor, I tore my ACL (anterior crucial ligament) and PCL (posterior crucial ligament), which are grade 2 injuries. The initial injury happened a month ago. The doctor said surgery would not be needed. I spent seven to ten days on crutches and began light resistance training, cycling, and walk...  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your knee might have got a jerk while you are chasing the dog, as your weight is a little high as per your height. Due to previous ACL issues and weakness around the joint, there might be swelling in that area. I would suggest applying an ice pack thrice a day for 1...  Read Full »

I am suffering from severe back ache and cracking joints. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16-year-old suffering from severe back ache. It could possibly be due to bad posture because of carrying a heavy college bag but my knee and ankle joints also crack sometimes when I stand up. Should I be worried about this? Please help.  Read Full »

Shakti Mishra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. All these symptoms are due to tightness of the muscles. The crack sound from the back might be due to the unlocking of the facet joints. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. Get an X-ray...  Read Full »

Few of my joints are popping. How to make it go away?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months ago, I was not thinking and I hit a door with my hand and it has been a few months since then. I got tests and an MRI done on it and came back fine, just a mild motion artifact they could find, and I do not know what that means. The elbow popping will not go away and my wr...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your concern. The issue what you are narrating could be due to poor movement control in the joint. Do not worry. I presume that you do not have much of pain and any other issue except popping. I would suggest: Do strengthening for your upper body and stabil...  Read Full »

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