Medical Q&As

Teenager's bones - clicking sound?

My 14-year-old sonís bones make a clicking sound in his wrists, knees, and collarbone and between his shoulder blades. Is this caused by a vitamin deficiency, or is it just growing pains?

The clicking sounds that you have observed are very common and are not due to vitamin deficiency or growth spurts. If your son is not complaining of joint pain or difficulties with the use of the clicking joints then there is no need to do anything. Such sounds usually come from tendons or cartilage and sometimes may be associated with lax joints. Many young people are able to produce these sounds at will by moving their joints in particular ways. This can cause tendons to tighten and produce a cracking or clicking sound. Despite the nature of the sounds you can be assured that the structure of your sonís bones and joints is normal.