Popping Joints, is it Harmful?

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Cracking and popping joints, is it bad?

I have one ankle that constantly cracks. I’ve never had any medical issues with it, just constant noises. It cracks when I walk, sit, stretch, wake up, whenever! So I was wondering.. Could this be bad for me? I figured this has to be happening to other people also, so I did a little research online to share.

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Joints often make a lot of different noises, including popping, cracking, snapping and grinding. The joints people normally hear crack are the knees, ankles, back, neck and knuckles.

The most common reason for cracking:

In and around your joints is a fluid called “synovial fluid.” This fluid is like a lubricant for the joints. This fluid is made by a membrane inside your joints called a “synovial membrane.”  Synovial fluid contains quite a few gases like oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When joints…

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3 Responses to Popping Joints, is it Harmful?

  1. Lety C says:

    I have 3. An ancle like you, an elbow (they don’t hurt) and a shoulder all on my left side, that is curios. I’ve been recovering from a frozen shoulder, It has been a long painful journey. after 8 months (wow!) I am able to have the full range of movement (very happy). Now sometimes it gets stuck and I kind of have to find its correct position and it pops. I’ve been told that there are 3 main bones that take place in the articulation movement. But they have a sequence, if this sequence is not the correct one, it will stuck, cause pain or crack. So, still working with it, hope someday it will be back to normal! 🙂

    • Recently I have found that taking a tablespoon of creatine each morning with my coffee really helps. Creatine draws in more water to the muscles and it seems to act as a cushion for the joints. It has only been around 11 days since I started taking it, and it really shouldn’t be fully loaded in the muscles until around 30 days, but already I can feel the difference.

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