WHY JOINTS CRACK?
Admit it, asked themselves this question? For sure, many asked.
And the rheumatologist is also often asked.
Let's figure it out together!
From the point of view of a rheumatologist, there are several options for crunching:
1.Crepitation is a "grinding" crunch, which is usually accompanied by vibration. Crepitus is usually well defined in the knee joint, increases with pressure on the patella (patella). The reason for the crunch is irregularities (roughness) on the surface of the cartilage, the presence of osteophytes on the articular surfaces, which is most often observed with osteoarthritis between the thigh and patella.
2.Crackle type "crackle" (in English literature, the expression "cracking" is often used) can be present in both large, and in small joints. Most often associated with the "collapse" of gas bubbles in the joint cavity during active movement in the joint and friction of the articular surfaces against each other. It is observed, eg, when a person snaps their fingers.
3.Crunch-type "click" - associated with the moment the tendon passes over the bony protrusion during flexion / extension of the limb. Most commonly seen in the hip and knee, but can also be in the back, shoulder, ankle.
4.Cotton crunch – occurs with a rupture of the internal meniscus of the knee joint and the anterior cruciate ligament.
These are the most common (but not exhaustive) causes of "crunch" in the joints. The main task of the doctor is to distinguish the physiological crunch, which does not threaten anything (these are points 2 and 3), from pathological (points 1 and 4).
No treatment required for physiological crunch, with pathological - diagnosis and specific therapy of the disease is necessary. Distinguish them yourself, without the help of a specialist, very hard. therefore, if you have a crunch in your joints, - this is a reason for contacting and finding out the reason. But treatment is not always required.!
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