When to seek help: joints that crackle
When to seek help: See a doctor if you experience any grinding or popping that comes with pain, locking, swelling or limited motion. This could signal an exercise injury, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder if the pain is in your jaw or the onset of osteoarthritis, a condition that affects about 28 million women, usually beginning after middle age when cartilage starts to break down. If you’re diagnosed with arthritis, your doctor may prescribe exercise, a prescription-strength pain reliever, a cortisone injection or physical therapy. Even acupuncture may help, experts say.
Written by Alicia Potter