Joints That Make Sounds

May 22, 2024

Knee Joint

Is Clicking or Popping Normal? 

Our joints were made to make some noise. The majority of the time, non-painful clicking in our joints IS NORMAL.  Whether it is a tendon rolling over a bony prominence or pockets of air within our joints, non-painful clicking is typically normal.

One thing to watch out for, even if not painful, is instability. Sometimes we can have non-painful clicking/popping but a very unstable joint, which can lead to further problems down the road.  If the popping is accompanied by sharp or increasing pain, this may require rest and recovery techniques. If the pain persists, then further diagnostic testing may be indicated