Snap, Crackle and Pop

noisy joint

We’ve all experienced joint noises, knees that snap when we stand up, feet that pop when we move them and a neck that cracks when we turn our heads!

The older you get, the more noise your joints can make.  Although often joint cracking can be loud and might be annoying there is usually nothing to worry about.  Should the constant snap and cracking be accompanied with consistent pain or swelling, then it is time to see your Chiropractor – it could be a sign that something is wrong.

Why do joints make a noise?

A lot of people notice that as they get older their joints seem to make more noise, this is possibly due to the wear and tear of the cartilage, these surfaces get a little rougher and as they rub together more noise is heard.

There are a few reasons why your joints snap and crack – if you are at the gym doing repetitive exercises such as lifting weights – you may notice a clicking sound each time you bend your arm or leg.

This sound usually means a muscle or tendon is tight and is rubbing and causing friction around the bone.

Another reason is “cavitation” where the sound is coming from the compression of nitrogen bubbles that occur naturally in the joint spaces.  The cracking sound is the gas being released from the joint!

Did you know the noisiest joint in the body is the shoulder?  This is due to its many moving parts – so lots of tendons moving over bone!

So we know why – how can we help avoid it?

One effective way to avoid creaking joints is to move about as much as you can throughout the day.  When you have been sitting or lying, fluid in the joints doesn’t move, so the more active you are the more your joints lubricate themselves.

Try some gentle stretching throughout the day, rotate your shoulders forwards and backwards, for your neck move your head backwards and forwards, then side to side.  For your low back try bringing your knees into your chest while lying on the floor.

If you would like further information or want to speak to one of our team, please contact us on Luton (01582) 579687 or Hitchin (01462) 420077 alternatively e-mail us on

Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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