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.
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 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
- 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.