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Sounds made by joints

Do your hips and knees click, snap, or pop? If there's no pain or swelling, the noises usually aren't a sign of trouble. It's a different story if the noise occurs at the moment of injury, or if pain or swelling accompanies it; in that case, there may be joint damage that needs medical attention. A grating sound called crepitus may be a sign of arthritis. …

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