The Best Ways to Quiet Cracking, Creaking Joints

As we age, it is common for some of our joints to get noisy when we move. If you’re a mature adult, you may have noticed some noises like this:

  • Knees creak or crack when you stand or walk after sitting for an extended time.
  • A shoulder makes a snapping noise when you reach for something.
  • An elbow pops or clicks during labor or athletics.
  • You try to flex or loosen up and your neck makes multiple cracking noises.
  • Ankles or feet make popping noises when you start to walk.

It’s possible for these noises to occur at any age but they are definitely more common among older folks. For some people, especially young ones, these noises may be harmless. But they should not be accompanied by pain. If that’s the case, then that person should come see me right away so we can get to the bottom of that pain.

In many other cases, there has been an injury to the joint or joints that are creaking and something in that joint did not fully recover. It could be that there’s a tendon that’s no longer in the correct position. That can also be corrected with the right care.


Correcting Cracking, Creaking Joints with Chiropractic and More

In my St. Louis chiropractic office, we have so many ways to reduce or even eliminate these crackling noises.

  1. The first way is, of course, with chiropractic adjustments not only of the spine but also of the joints themselves. Knees, shoulders, ankles and other joints can be out of alignment. They can respond very well to chiropractic adjustments that put them back into alignment. This helps reduce cracking noises.
  2. We advise our patients on ways to reduce inflammation throughout their body. We recommend that they avoid the consumption of sugar and processed foods, both of which create inflammation throughout the body. Systemic or overall inflammation certainly affects the joints, which can contribute to these noises being created when the joints move.
  3. We recommend adding nutrition like Standard Process Glucosamine Synergy to the diet which directly provides nutrition the joints need.
  4. Many people also benefit from turmeric, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement.
  5. And finally, fish oil helps lubricate the joints which helps them move more easily.

Exercise is also important to keep joints in good condition. We help our patients develop the right exercise programs to keep joints limber, keep muscles in good tone, and reduce pesky noises coming from the joints. Especially as you age, it’s important to improve the elasticity and flexibility of both your whole body and specific joints. That helps our patients maintain their youthfulness, no matter what the calendar says.


Helping You Reduce Cracking Joint Noises

We want to help all our patients maintain good health and quiet joints that move freely and without pain. If you are suffering from any of these noisy joints, come see us to find out how we can help. We can also offer Pressure Point Therapy to reduce pain and correct poor nerve or muscle function.

Pressure Point Therapy is a method of applying just the right pressure on pressure points, small painful knots embedded in muscles. The right pressure for the right duration can relieve these points and the pain they cause. I am the only chiropractor in the Greater St. Louis Area that offers Pressure Point Therapy.

Come find out about all the ways we can quiet your noisy joints. And try out our Pressure Point Therapy at no charge. Just call my office at 314-310-8359 to schedule a time to come by and receive this therapy.


About Dr. Dustan Mattingly: Dr. Dusty discovered chiropractic after it helped him recover from an injury he suffered while in the military. Chiropractic eliminated his neck pain, sparing him the ill effects of painkillers and surgery. He graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and then went on to study additional chiropractic techniques, the specialized treatment of sports and accident injuries and nutrition. He also mastered the art of Pressure Point Therapy to improve patients’ response to treatment. With this specialized technique, he found he could provide increased relief from pain and muscle dysfunction and help a patient recover more quickly from the effects of stress or injuries.

By Dustan Mattingly, January 1, 2024