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Is It Normal for Joints to Pop, Creak and Crack?

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  • Unless you are experiencing pain and swelling, rest assured that most joint sounds are normal, not harmful
  • To date there is insufficient evidence linking joint sounds and arthritis
  • Exercise can not only significantly improve your joint function, but also lessen any joint pain you may be experiencing

By Dr. Mercola

If the popping or cracking sounds of your joints have ever given you cause for worry, you'll be relieved to know that it is normal for your joints to occasionally "talk to you." It is common to hear occasional joint sounds when you move in everyday ways, such as bending over to retrieve a dropped item or walking up or down stairs. Dr. William Shiel, chief editor and co-founder of the medical information website MedicineNet.com, says:


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