Why Do My Bones Click

Why Do My Bones Click
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Sometimes when we move we hear a cracking noise from our bones or, more specifically, any of the joints the body such as the shoulders, knees, neck, ankles, etc. This characteristic click or crack casts doubt and many people who wonder: why do my bones click? and if there is something wrong. In this OneHowTo article we address this issue and we explain the details about clicking bones.

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To understand why bones click, it is necessary to know the joint parts because that is where these sounds occur. Thus, as seen in the image at the point of union between bones there are also ligaments as well as membrane and synovial fluid, charged with protecting bone and cartilage to prevent fretting wear.

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The fact that sometimes bones click is due to air bubbles produced in the synovial fluid percussion and two hard structures with each other, thereby generating the characteristic click. This is therefore a kind of release of joint structure and are natural noises. The more you crack your joints, the more they will crack. Long term joint cracking could lead to loosening of the joints, and eventually may cause joint pain and arthritis. For this reason, it is not recommended to crack your joints on purpose.


The fact that the joints crack does not necessarily imply a bone problem but the truth is that we should not cause this to happen, as some people do, for example, with their knuckles.


Similarly, the snapping between bone and / or ligament should not cause pain, so if it does, you must visit to an orthopaedic doctor or specialist to perform a scan. So yes it could be a bone pathology such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

Now you know why bones click you may be interested in knowing the names of the bones in your arm.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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