Popping Sound

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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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 remem...  Read Full »


Dr. B. 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 separately answer...  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 »


Dr. Atul Prakash

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 »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

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 »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

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 »

Is it normal to have popping sound from knees to ankles in small babies?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to discuss about my 11 months old daughter's leg problem. She has a popping sound from knee to ankle bones. She is not crawling or walking but she can stand with support or run in a walker. Is it normal? or Do I need to be concerned about it?  Read Full »


Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention whether you are sure about the sound arising from the baby's leg. I am asking this because the bone is not calcified in this early stage and it is usually soft but firm. The practice of not crawling is abnormal and walking is not a concern in this stage 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 »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

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 kindly ge...  Read Full »

Can tinnitus, crackling noise, and popping due to ruptured eardrum resolve on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I had an eardrum rapture over a month now. Still, I can feel tinnitus in my ear and crackling noises when swallowing. When I burp, I feel pressure in the affected ear only, and I think I have small hearing loss. When I blow my nose, the affected ear pops faster than the other....  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a high probability that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum while cleaning. This is a very common thing to happen, and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inne...  Read Full »

What does popping sound while opening the mouth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I got facial pain, headaches, popping sound while opening jaw, pressure and sometimes neck pain as well. I got patchy mucosal thickening of ethmoid sinuses from a CT scan. I have attached my dental x-ray. Are my symptoms due to sinuses? Or do I have TMD of right mandible? Most of my sympt...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the symptoms you have mentioned are strongly suggestive of temperomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you will need an advice from an oral surgeon and a neurologist. Avoid chewing anything hard on the right side in the meantime. A popping sound heard is the commonest s...  Read Full »

Do pain and popping sound during jaw movements mean osteoarthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weight 79 kg. Vegetarian diet. Before two years, due to stomach disturbance and pain and some popup and cracker sound occurred in my knee joints. I visited the doctor and he suggested me for a laboratory test of liver function test and all ...  Read Full »


Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through all the history details and reports. It shows mild osteoarthritis which is not reversible. But if you maintain your weight and exercise, it will halt. Please do quadriceps exercise for knees and for shoulder, bench press. Take a lot of fruits and vegetabl...  Read Full »

Can Stress And Anxiety Cause Joint Problems?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old male with no history of joint issues. Can stress and anxiety cause joints to pop? I was okay last month but this month it has been really stressful for me and I know my hands feel stiff and all my joints pop. When I raise my arms, one can hear the tendons stretching l...  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Random clicking and popping joints is a common occurrence and as long as there is no associated pain or swelling, there is nothing to worry about at a young age such as yours. Excessive stress and anxiety can make your muscles taut. This can happen during periods o...  Read Full »

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