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Why do my joints creak?

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

Do you have noisy joints? This symphony of sounds is most likely caused by a condition know as crepitus.



If it occurs without pain, swelling, or joint movement issues, it is likely the result of air bubbles in the joint that pop or break when we move, or when pressure is placed on the joint. If you have pain, swelling or stiffness along with crepitus or your joint catches or locks, you may want to consider consulting your physician, as these symptoms could be an early warning sign of osteoarthritis. . Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” disease, and occurs as a result of a wearing down of the joint’s cartilage or cushioning. Even with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, exercise is the best non-drug treatment for improving pain and function, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Exercise that moves your joints through the full range of motion they were designed to achieve, like @essentrics, can be beneficial. Also, exercises that improve leg strength can provide stability and support for your knees. . Bottom line, it’s important to take steps to maintain and improve the health of your knees (and all of your joints!). When in doubt, talk to your physician for further evaluation, and to discuss the best steps forward in terms of exercise.

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Lauren Mayhew

Lauren is a Movement Coach and Educator trained in Clinical Somatic Exercise and Essentrics. She offers group Essentrics classes in the Cape Ann area, and private somatic exercise lessons both online and in person at her Cape Ann studio.

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