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Popping Sound

Popping and cracking sounds in the finger and knee joints are pretty common and do not necessitate medical attention unless and until accompanied by pain and swelling. In medical terms, it is referred to as crepitus. Causes include cartilage degeneration, popping air bubbles, and snapping of ligaments over the bony structures.

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Can a tear in the meniscus cause knee pain and a popping sound when I bend my knee?

Query: Hello doctor, I participated in a running race and developed knee pain. When the race finished, I was in pain, but the next day when I practiced, I experienced mild pain. Then in the next few days, the pain started returning every time I ran. Also, I had to stop running during my practice session b...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. You can undergo an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to rule out lateral meniscal damage, which can get coupled with IT (iliotibial) band issues. I have seen cases like this where lateral meniscus was involved al...  Read Full »

Why is there a pop in lower back followed by tingling sensation in legs?

Query: Hello doctor, Whenever I pop my lower back, I hear a loud pop and then I feel a relieving tingle going do my entire left legs, all the way through my toes. What is going on?   Read Full »

Jay Indravadan Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the history, it appears to be the involvement of the trapped nerve in the lower back which we address it as lumbar spine. Usually, people are prone to have damage of the intervertebral disc at the lumbar spine as it is the weight bearing joint having maximum mob...  Read Full »

Will cracking bones by chiropractor for relief cause discomfort in future?

Query: Hello doctor, Most often, I have heard from doctors that there is a liquid between every joint which is similar to an oil or grease to gears in the vehicle. They say, when we crack our bone, an element of that liquid gives the cracking sound and if we do it often, then the liquid declines and we can...  Read Full »

Jay Indravadan Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Cracking of joints is not advisable as there is a release of nitrogen molecule which in later stages can give trouble to joints more. In chiropractic practice, there is just unlocking of the joint so that the sensory system which is located over the joint gets releas...  Read Full »

What can I do to reduce the cracking sounds in the area where my head connects to my spinal cord?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had cracking, and popping sounds in the area where my head connects to the spinal cord for two years. For the last few months, I have also been experiencing pain. I am currently using CBD 1000 mg per dose and taking 3000 mg to 4000 mg per day. CBD has relieved the pain, but the...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. You have muscle tension that is loading the facet joints unevenly. I suggest you apply ice to the areas where you have pain and cracking sounds. Also, support your neck while sleeping, gently stretch your neck mus...  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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