Noises Around The Shoulder

Noises Around The Shoulder

Patients often come to me with concerned about a click or a clunk noise when they move the shoulder. Sometimes the noise has been there for years without any associated mechanical problem.

The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is also often a source of a clicking sound in the shoulder. The patient can hear this when he or she does a push-ups or overhead activities.

If the noise is not accompanied with pain, it’s not something you should be worried about. This is more likely to be soft tissue causing the noise than a pathological process.

But if it is painful, be on the safe side and have it checked out by your orthopaedic surgeon.

This is especially important if the noise is associated with pain after a traumatic event like a fall or high impact sports. In such cases you should rule out pathology like labral tears and SLAP lesions.