Cracking Joints: What’s That Sound?

Cracking Joints Sound

I’ve never been able to crack my knuckles. Growing up, cracking your knuckles was a sign that you were a cool kid – similar to double-jointedness or being able to wiggle your ears. Then, once about the third grade hit, teachers started telling us cracking your knuckles was bad – that it would eventually lead to arthritis and an inability to have normal-functioning hands. That same belief carried over to when our knees started popping when we squatted down. If knuckle-cracking was bad, the knee-popping must be bad, too, right?

Which joints crack for you? Your knuckles? Knees? Shoulders? Hips? Ankles? Neck?

What is it that actually causes the cracking sound inside your joints? Is it bad? Should you be concerned? Let’s explore…

When Driving Becomes a Pain in the Butt

4 Tips For Comfortable Car Rides

Buttock Pain from Driving

So, you’re taking a summer vacation this year – driving to the cabin with the family? The river? The lake? Six hours in the car isn’t so bad. You’ll leave early to miss the traffic and make sure to use the restroom beforehand so you won’t have to stop. You’ve made the drive dozens of times before, no problem. Then you feel it – halfway there you start squirming in your seat, shifting from one cheek to the other. An hour goes by and you’ve adjusted the backrest four times with no relief. Finally, you admit it: this drive is becoming a pain in the butt!

We’ve all been there. You got a new car, you tried pillows, adjusted the seat, yet nothing seems to make a difference. So, what causes this buttock pain during long car rides and what can you do about it?