Why Do Your Joints Click?

Article by John Miller

Are You Tired of Your Joints Clicking?

Can You Be Click Free?

Would you love your joints not to crack?  Have you ever wondered what makes your bones moan and groan in the first place?  Despite many myths, here are three fundamental and different reasons why your joints persist in clicking.

Your tendons may be simply slipping over some bumps on your bones so that when the tendon slips over the ridge, it clicks.  But don’t worry, this isn’t usually a problem.  Occasionally it is due to poor joint positioning or ligament damage.  Easy remedies include simple alignment or stabilisation exercises. Ask your helpful physiotherapist if you have any doubts.

Joints are held under tight compression that results in the two bone surfaces grating back and forth over the top of each other. It sounds as unpleasant as running your fingernails down a blackboard. However, this can usually be easily fixed through some simple physiotherapy treatment and sticking to an exercise program that improves your joint alignment, muscle strength and flexibility. In severe cases of osteoarthritis, persistent cracking may be expected due to significant joint damage. Check with your physiotherapist or doctor for specific advice. But don’t procrastinate … the problem can rapidly deteriorate if left unattended.

The third main reason is gas, which usually builds up within a joint, suddenly popping out of the joint when the joint is forcibly stretched or compressed.  It’s just like bursting a balloon, but much quieter. You’ll know the guilty people—those who regularly crack their knuckles, neck, back or toes. You can achieve the same result with less long-term harm by gentle joint stretching and mobility techniques to gradually loosen stiff joints.  You’ll probably also require some simple strength exercises to control the newly gained movement.

Ultimately, these conservative methods are preferable in the long term, as repeat manipulation or cracking excessively stretches the supportive ligaments. Eventually, the joints fall out of position much more effortless! And the looser your joints, the quicker they develop degenerative arthritis and subsequent pain. Grandma was right – excessive knuckle cracking can cause arthritis.

By performing specific exercises and stretches and following the advice of your physio, you can wake up, stand or sit up – click free!

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