I would like to know what popping is at my joints and maybe why I pop so much in all my joints? Does this happen to anyone else?
PsA causes inflammation in the synovium. It is theorized that when joint are moved, nitrogen bubbles inside the synovial joint escape and cause popping. There are a few possible causes of popping. such as ligaments can cause the sensation as they tighten when a joint moves. It also can be related to a tendon snapping around a joint. Popping joints are not necessarily predictive of future problems. However if there is pain or loss of range of motion, then there is cause for concern. Of course if it really bugs you or is of concern ask your doc.
Its also pretty common with teens as their bones and joints start to mature. My daughter had several joints that she could depend on to snap/pop if moved a certain way. She could play a good bit of the Star Spangled Banner.if her mom didn't slap her first. She went on to play on the pro tennis tour............
My daughter's ankle pops constantly. I ignored it until she started complaining of pain. I got her assessed, and her ankles (plural) are somewhat unstable. So off to PT it is.
Many of my joints make all sorts of noises. My knees make noise, my shoulders pop, so does one of my elbows, and now my ankle just started. I tend to develop instability in my joints, so I think the popping is related to laxity. Again, range of motion and pain and inflammation are more critical.
A friend of mine has had popping in his ankles since we were kids. We use to joke that he could never sneak up on anyone unless they were making popcorn. He is currently a flight surgeon with the US Navy and a specialist in wilderness medicine having climbed mountains, gone on safari, diving, sailing, you name it. He is a very active soul. So it never slowed him down.
I frequently have popping in my knees and ankles, less so in other joints. But the popping has never seemed to be solely indicative of problems, nor does it seem to correlate with pain/inflammation per se. I just started PT recently and will be interested to see how it might help given Stoney's observations about laxity and instability. Although I expect given Lamb's explanation, I will now probably be imagining nitrogen bubbles every time I hear a pop ;)