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Snap, pop, or grating of finger, hand, or wrist

Even when a tendon or joint moves normally, you may feel or hear a snap, pop, or grating sound. If you have no pain or other symptoms, treatment is usually not needed.

If an injury causes pain and you hear or feel a snap, pop, or grating, it may be more serious. The injury may be a:

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  • Torn ligament.
  • Torn tendon.
  • Torn or displaced cartilage.
  • Broken bone (fracture).
  • Dislocation.

In the absence of injury, a snap, pop, or grating when you bend or straighten your finger or thumb may be caused by a trigger finger or trigger thumb. See the topic Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury, in Related Information.

Prompt treatment can prevent complications and promote healing.

Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Associate Editor Tracy Landauer
Primary Medical Reviewer William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Updated November 13, 2008

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Last Updated: November 13, 2008
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