Arthritis symptoms include inflammation, red skin over joints, and joint stiffness.
But, the public has been urged to take action, if their joints are popping and clicking, alongside pain.
It came after a survey revealed 60 per cent of Brits do nothing about snapping joints.
Joints can creak and click when cartilage degenerates, and it’s no longer protected from friction. The creaking noise is known as crepitus, and is a sign of osteoarthritis.
“There seems to be a trend to take our joints for granted and focus on corrective rather than preventative methods,” said Dr Taher Mahmud, consultant rheumatologist at London Osteoporosis Clinic.
“While crepitus can be harmless, if experienced frequently and alongside pain, it can be a warning sign for musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis.
“It is crucial that we listen to our bodies and take necessary action to both prevent and treat problems.”
The survey, by supplement manufacturer Regenovex, of 500 people revealed 47 per cent of 35 to 39 year olds experienced joint creaking regularly.
More than two in three people between 60 and 64 reported the symptom.
The best way to prevent crepitus was to exercise regularly, and to have a nutrient-rich diet, Mahmud said.
Vitamin D and calcium was crucial for maintaining healthy bones, he added.
“Maintaining regular exercise and a healthy weight is essential for joint and bone health.
“Nutrition also plays a key role and we need to ensure we have a nutrient rich diet. Vitamin C helps maintain bones and cartilage, and omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help reduce inflammation, thus helping to reduce pain.”
Osteoarthritis affects about eight million people in the UK, and is the most common type of arthritis.
The condition initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint, making movement more difficult than normal.
It’s most commonly found in the hands, spine, knees and hips.
There is currently no cure for arthritis, but treatments are available to help reduce symptoms.