Clicking Joints? Your Guide to Click-Free Joints

John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller

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Clicking Joints
Clicking Joints: How To Be Click-Free

Why Do Joints Click?

Clicking joints can be alarming. This sound typically occurs when tendons glide over bone ridges, but it’s often harmless. Misalignment or ligament issues can also cause this. Incorporating alignment and muscle stabilisation exercises can mitigate these sounds.

The Impact of Compression on Joints

Joints under compression may produce sounds like grinding. Physiotherapy, focused on enhancing joint alignment and muscle strength, can alleviate this. In cases of severe osteoarthritis, it’s crucial to seek professional advice to prevent deterioration.

Gas Buildup in Joints

Sometimes, the clicking is due to gas buildup within the joints, released upon stretching or compression. It’s common in individuals who frequently crack their knuckles or other joints. Gentle stretching and strength exercises can help manage this.

The Risks of Excessive Joint Manipulation

Over-manipulating or “cracking” joints can stretch ligaments and lead to looser or hypermobile joints, exacerbating clicking joints and potentially accelerating degenerative arthritis. It’s advisable to follow physiotherapist-recommended exercises and stretches.

Conclusion and What to Do

Persistent joint clicking should not be ignored. Consult a physiotherapist for tailored exercises and advice. They can guide you towards a click-free life with appropriate exercises and treatments.

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