If you’re like most people, cracking your knuckles, back, or even your neck is common practice. Many people say their joints feel better after doing so. If you experience pain during this practice when didn’t previously, you should visit your medical provider. The medical term for the popping sound that you hear is crepitus.

1. Is It Normal?

In most cases, it is normal to have joints that crack or pop. Usually, you should not feel any pain or swelling at the location site. Joint cracking often occurs after you’ve been sitting or lying down for an extended period. It can even happen after an extensive workout.

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