You might be a little concerned to hear snap, crackle and pop in the morning, especially when those noises are not coming from your bowl of Rice Krispies. Instead, those noises might be coming from one, two or three of your joints. Yikes. What do all these gyrations mean? Doctors hear these question all the time but sometimes even we do not know the exact answer and that uncertain seems to make matters worse. So, let me try to clear the air about some of these joint sounds.
A "snap" is classically heard coming from the hip joint - a snapping hip . Usually, this sound represents a tendon snapping across one of the big hip bones. When this motion creates friction and irritation to the soft tissues, that sound can be accompanied by pain. A snapping hip is not a problem unless pain, reduced range of motion or weakness are also presenting as part of the problem. Other joints can also make snapping noises because the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones is not as silent and ...
“Lene, you’re a neurological accident waiting to happen.”
My rheumatologist had ordered X-rays of my neck and the results showed that my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had made the top joint unstable. This was how the doctor told me. They wrote an order for a CT scan to get more detail. Then I waited six weeks for the scan and another six for the results. Thankfully, the CT scan showed that the joint wasn’t in fact unstable.
I refer to those three months as the time my head was loose.
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RA and spine joints
When it comes to the spine, RA can be either a pain in the butt or a pain in the neck. There is some disagreement in rheumatology about whether RA can affect the spine itself or if it should more accurately be called rheumatoid spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, or even osteoarthritis. However, there is agreement that RA can affect the two joints in the spine. One is the sacroiliac or SI joint . It is located...
Over the last few years, long-needed evaluation of our military for Migraine and other headache disorders exacerbated or caused by event and / or circumstances of being deployed have been conducted and the results published. Additionally, more attention has been paid to head and neck trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A new study shows nearly half of U.S. soldiers returning home from combat with headaches problematic enough to require specialized care also have a history of mild head trauma. Study objective: "To determine the incidence and types of head or neck trauma and headache characteristics among US Army soldiers evaluated for chronic headaches at a military neurology clinic following a combat tour in Iraq." 2 Study methods: Conducted with 81 (73 male and 8 female) U. S. Army soldiers who had served in the same brigade. All were evaluated at the same military neurology clinic for the complaint of recurrent headaches following a combat tour in Iraq ...
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