Ever wondered why your joints click?

Woman suffering from pain in knee joint.

Have you ever wondered why your joints click and what really makes your bones moan and groan in the first place?  Here are three different reasons as to why your joints persist to click…

Your tendons may be simply slipping over some bumps on your bones so that when the tendon slips over the bump it clicks.  But don’t worry, this isn’t usually a problem.  Occasionally it is due to poor joint positioning or ligament damage. There are easy remedies such as, simple alignment or stabilisation exercises.

When joints click this could indicate arthritic problems. Joints are held under tight compression that results in the two bone surfaces grating back and forth, over the top of each other. Sounds as unpleasant as running your fingernails down a blackboard doesn’t it? However this can usually be fixed through some simple physiotherapy treatment and sticking to an exercise program that improves your joint alignment, muscle strength and flexibility. But don’t procrastinate … the problem can rapidly deteriorate if left unattended.

The third main reason is gas. Gas can build up within a joint which causes the joint suddenly to pop out of the joint when the joint is forcibly stretched or compressed.  It’s just like bursting a balloon, but much quieter. You’ll know the guilty people. Those who regularly crack their knuckles, neck, back or toes. You can achieve the same result with less long-term harm by gentle joint stretching and mobility techniques to gradually loosen stiff joints.  You’ll probably also require some simple strength exercises to control the newly gained movement.

By performing specific exercises and stretches and following the advice of your Physio you can wake up, stand or sit up – click free!
To make your appointment at Hoppers Physio, please call 9749 5110 today!