Crepitus: Causes, Complications, Cure



The word ‘crepitus’ comes from a Latin word which means ‘a cracking sound’. Crepitus causes cracking sounds and popping sensations that occur under the joints and skin when tissues rub together. In case of soft tissues, gas is often the cause of Crepitus; air penetrates and infiltrates the area. This condition may or may not cause pain.

Crepitus Causes

Often, arthritis or some previous injury is the common cause of development of this condition. But the cracking sound could be due to presence of air in the tissues which happens because of some wound or bacterial infection.

  • Cartilage damage
  • Bacterial infection
  • Collapsed lung
  • Perforation of gut
  • Penetrating wound
  • Rough cartilage as a result of arthritis
  • Cartilage erosion

Crepitus Complications 

Crepitus can lead to life-threatening complications and severe damage if not treated immediately. Even after you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, make sure you follow the treatment plan or you’ll be risking a lot. The following are the chief complications of crepitus.

  • Chronic pain
  • Disability
  • Spread of Infection
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty in moving joints

It is advised to seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid complications mentioned above. In order to diagnose your condition, the doctor asks various questions including when you noticed Crepitus, if you have other symptoms, had an injury or surgery and the medications you are on. Answer all the questions with care and he’ll

be able to treat you better and more effectively.

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5 Responses to Crepitus: Causes, Complications, Cure

  1. [...] to the doctors, Crepitus is classified as a condition in which lungs, surface of the skin and joints make cracking sound. [...]

  2. garry says:

    Great article ….it actually explains the entire problem in a very simpler manner

    • admin says:

      Thank you for the appreciation.. we do our best to simplify all the diseases covered so that readers understand it in the simplest manner……

  3. Gina says:

    Hi, I am 65 yr female & been suffering 5 years with sacro-iliac injury & severe pain. Over past few months when I bend forward there is terrible popping & cracking all down back of thighs, hips & buttocks – at least 8 to 10 noisy snap, crackles & pops each time I bend to touch my toes.
    Now I found the name for it – crepitus. Is it dangerous? Should I go to my Doctor to tell her about it??

    • stephan says:

      You should definitely consult your doctor on this….these conditions may seem to light at its initial stages…but a proper care and initial treatments would surely help you take the right preventive measures for it…. consult a specialist immediately….

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