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This popping or grinding that you hear is called crepidus. Generally, this is caused by cartilage, a tissue that lines the joints, surfaces rubbing together or may even be due to tendon movement over bony surfaces. If pain is associated with these noises, you should consult a medical professional.
(This answer provided for NATA by Kathryn J. Larko, MPA, ATC, CES.)
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