Popping and cracking sounds in the finger and knee joints are pretty common and do not necessitate medical attention unless and until accompanied by pain and swelling. In medical terms, it is referred to as crepitus. Causes include cartilage degeneration, popping air bubbles, and snapping of ligaments over the bony structures.
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I have had a popping left ear for six weeks that worsens on talking and singing. What could be the cause?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had a popping left ear for at least six weeks which has not developed much worse but has not improved. After getting a cold, I started getting a painful throat on the right side. It feels swollen, but the doctor assured me there was no swelling of any glands. It is still uncomfo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you continue chewing gum. This will restore your eustachian tube function, and the popping can be decreased. Drink warm fluids, and avoid cold, icy, and spicy foods. I suggest you take an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen tablet once o... Read Full »
How to treat a stiff finger after an injury?
Query: Hi doctor, A few months before, I got an injury on my finger. Now, my finger has become very stiff. When I try to straighten it, it is popping back. Also, it is very painful. What to do? Please help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have mentioned that you got an injury to your finger previously and now, you are having some issue with its movements. As per your symptoms, it could be subluxating out of the joint and then coming back as per the movements. For that, I will advise you to kindl... Read Full »
Why does my spine pop when I squeeze my shoulder blades together?
Query: Hello doctor, When I squeeze my shoulder blades together, my spine always cracks or pops (like cracking your knuckles). I do this maybe 20 times a day. I think it is becoming a habit. It helps to loosen it up. What causes this? Do I have muscle weakness? It has been an ongoing pain for three years ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.The sounds coming from the spine is called as snapping of joints. A synovial joint is a joint where two bony surfaces are enclosed in a capsule with synovial fluid enclosed in it. It is like sound coming from two wet surfaces placed together and now separated. It is a no... Read Full »
Why is there clicking sound post pectoral implant surgery with liposuction?
Query: Hello doctor, I am about four days postoperative from pectoral implant surgery with liposuction. Recovery is going well. No fever or unusual swelling, etc. I have what I feel to be a normal pain. My only concern is that sometimes (not always and not with same movements) I hear what sounds like a gur... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What your surgeon has said is true. Few days postoperative may be until two weeks there will be slight crackling sound near and around the implant site. It is normal. The space created for the implant during surgery is what makes that sound. Nothing much to worry abo... Read Full »
I experience mild penile pain, and soft popping sounds after masturbation. Could it be Peyronie's disease?
Query: Hi doctor, I used to masturbate thrice a week, but about 37 days ago, I stopped for a week. And when I resumed later, there was a mild pain in my penis, which I ignored and continued to masturbate. But I heard a soft popping sound, and I ejaculated, and there was no pain then. After that incident, I... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. There are two possibilities for your condition: mild soft tissue injury to the base of the penis during masturbation or an acute Peyronie’s disease. Peyronie’s disease has two phases, acute (active) phase, and ... Read Full »
I have had swelling on one side of the neck and a popping sensation in the ear. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,The right gland in my neck has been larger for the past week, and it is only on one side. It does not hurt and is not hard to touch or feel attached to anything. However, today my right ear started to have a popping sensation. Is this something I should worry about? Kindly help. Read Full »
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have developed eustachian tube catarrh, which is secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a negative pressure develops in the side of th... Read Full »
Can smoking cause irritation, inflammation, and swelling of the turbinate and nasal mucosa?
Query: Hello doctor, My left nasal turbinate is red and inflamed. It is hurting, and sometimes even the right nasal turbinate is also inflamed and hurting, but it is usually on the left side. I could feel popping and clicking sounds in sinuses, the pressure inside my nose, brain fog, difficulty in remembe... Read Full »
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The most common reason for your symptom is severe allergic rhinitis associated with sinusitis. You will find some answers to the questions that you have asked in the explanation below. However, I have separat... Read Full »
My right hip pops loudly and hurts a lot. Why?
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 27 year old female. My weight is 135 lbs and height is 5'7". For the past two months, my right hip pops very loudly for at least once or twice a day when I sit on my knees and lean to my right. It hurts badly for a second and then the pain goes away. Though if it does not pop, my h... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Popping feeling or sound around a joint is often due to soft tissue rubbing over a bony prominence. They may or may not be painful.Other cause can be from within the joint, and this is more significant as it may come from the joint moving abnormally or something that is ... Read Full »
Will X-ray not show fracture in the bone behind the front teeth?
Query: Hi doctor, Four years ago front right central incisor pushed back 1 mm. I had a root canal done three months later. I had an X-ray from the dentist and also an endodontist. They said they could not see bone behind the tooth fractured at all. However, when I eat certain foods, I feel clicks and hear... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and shall try my best to get some solution. The clicking and popping you are mentioning might not necessarily be due to the bone behind the top teeth. It might be just due to some movement in your teeth only or maybe if there is some mal... Read Full »
Can I have a low platelet count due to arthritis?
Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago, I woke up with three of my fingers popping in the knuckles and fist. I put them under cool water, and it was better. When I went to my doctor, he said it as rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed some medicine. But, those medications did not work. My blood test came back n... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems like two of your joint sites (fingers and elbow) are involved, which could happen in the different type of arthritis. Some of the arthritis can cause low platelets. Kindly please give me the following extra information. How long do you have the finger poppin... Read Full »