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What’s that shoulder sound?
- By Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
Crunching, clicking, grinding, or popping sounds from the shoulder can be alarming. Here’s what to do about them.
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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About the Author
Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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