Ever heard a crackling sound coming from your knees when exercising or just bending your knees?
This is called ‘crepitus’ and it often sounds like rice crispies poping. The sound does not necessarily mean you have arthritis. If you’re just hearing some noise and there’s no pain, swelling or other symptoms, don’t be bothered. But if you are having other symptoms, you should have it checked out.
The underlying issue with noisy joints may be associated with tendons (which attach muscle to bone), ligaments (which attach bones to other bones), or cartilage (the soft covering over the ends of bones in joints). The knee is generally the noisiest joint.
How can i naturally lubricate my joints?
Foods high in healthy fats include salmon, trout, avocados, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds. The omega-3 fatty acids in these foods will assist in joint lubrication. Water can also assist in joint lubrication. Make sure you drink plenty of water each day to ensure that your joints are well lubricated.
How to get rid of the sound?
In most cases, crepitus will improve without the need for medical treatment. Applying ice to the area and taking anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, will usually be enough to alleviate the inflammation. Exercise, diet, and weight management are also ways of keeping your knee joints healthy and preventing future situations. They can also help you manage symptoms and delays the damage to your knees if you have osteoarthritis.
However, if you experience pain or other symptoms with noisy knees, it may be a good time to see a doctor.
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