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What’s that shoulder sound?

August 1, 2022

Crunching, clicking, grinding, or popping sounds from the shoulder can be alarming. Here’s what to do about them.

photo of a mature man in a gym rubbing his sore shoulder

It catches you off guard: a sudden crunch, pop, or click from your shoulder that you’ve never heard before. Is your shoulder sounding an alarm? Is it just normal aging? The answer depends on a number of factors.

About the shoulder

The shoulder is made up of three bones (the upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade) and many soft tissues (including muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

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