Crackling in Joints

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Orthopedic surgery

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes any grinding, creaking or cracking sound that occurs when moving a joint.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Low back pain

Possible causes

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)

    Wear and tear of the joint cartilage over time. Risk factors include repetitive joint movements, and carrying heavy loads for many years.

  • Intraarticular loose body

    Small fragments of articular cartilage that break off in the knee joint as a result of a knee injury or degeneration

  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

    Shoulder impingement syndrome is caused by the rotator cuff pressing on the humerus (upper arm bone) the top outer border of your shoulder in a vicious cycle. The rubbing causes swelling and a constriction of the area, resulting in pain and irritation.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you hear creaking sounds when you move your joints?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

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