Aside from pain, joint clicking would be the second most common complaint in our Parnell physio clinic. Many people are concerned about the cause of their clicking. They are concerned it is causing damage, often linking it to bone on bone or joint wear and tear. This blog will investigate the potential causes of clicking, is it even something we should worry about, and what role physiotherapy can play in treating this condition.
Cavitation and tendon snapping are the two main causes of joint clicking, other include fluid in a joint, joint wear and tear, or ligament stretching.
Once we have found out what the potential cause of the clicking is, the next questions is, is it causing damage? In most cases that answer is no. Research has shown that cavitation and tendon snapping have no short or long term affects on joint wear and tear or tendon damage. If the clicking becomes painful then there is cause for concern as long term painful clicking has potential to cause damage.
The physiotherapists at out Parnell physio clinic can assess a patient and help to discover the potential cause of the joint clicking. Education can help reassure the patient that the cause of their clicking is not causing damage and allow them to continue with their daily tasks without concern. A physiotherapist is also able to construct individualised program to strengthen muscles and get them working again to helpreduce some clicking.
If you have any concerns with regards to any clicking in your joints or with your tendons, make an appointment with one of our highly trained physiotherapists in our Parnell physio clinic.