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Crepitus is described as a grating, cracking, crunching, grinding, creaking or popping noise that occurs along with the movement of a joint. These sensations may be mildly uncomfortable but are largely pain-free. Crepitus can affect people of all ages but becomes more common as we begin to get older.
Crepitus may be caused for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes, these noises are completely harmless. Other times, these noises may be an indication of other issues that might exist within the joint. Typically, if there is an issue, it is not considered to be a serious health concern.
Common Causes Include:
Knees and other weight-bearing joints are the most common locations for crepitus. However, other joints such as the spine, shoulders, elbows, and wrists are other common places where these sensations may occur.
This largely depends on the level of discomfort you are experiencing or the amount of time this issue has been persistent. A doctor might be able to make a more detailed assessment in regard to what might be causing the issue and to allow you to make the necessary adaptation to alleviate the symptoms.
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