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joint popping

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I'd intended to go swimming today, but the weather is warm and the sky is one of those extraordinary shades of blue caused by relatively low moisture and I just couldn't resist taking a walk in the woods with my dog instead. When I got back I did one of Coach Nicole's dumbell workouts followed by her abs pilates workout.

I feel good, except I noticed something during the dumbell workout that I'd noticed last time too. Popping! In my shoulders and knees and hips. Not loud, like knuckle-cracking, but noticeable.

I did a google search on this and it seems that no one really agrees on what causes it or if it's dangerous. Do any of you have this problem? I'm 40, and since most people in my family live into their 90s I figure I've got another 50 years to live with these joints. I'd better treat them well. If anyone has suggestions I'm more than grateful!
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    My knees have cracked almost my entire life and I crack my toes and fingers. My mom is a nurse and she says this: it's basically bursting bubbles in the fluid surrounding ligaments, and that generally, unless you are experiencing pain, it's better for the cracking and popping to happen. If you were to have a sudden impact, you're more likely to be damaged if the joints haven't popped vs. have popped.
    1808 days ago
    I've grown so accustomed to the various snaps, crackles, and pops that they seem like old friends.

    I don't know if they're good or bad....I treat them like sneezes...they're just there, enjoy them!
    1808 days ago
  • CHARITY1973
    I pop like microwave popcorn! First thing in am, during work outs, just about anytime I stretch anything. As a kid doing ballet we all use to amuse each other with popping joints. I can't imagine it's destructive if 10yr kids' joints pop...

    I think it's just the tension of the elastic (tendons) keeping the joints in position during movement....
    1808 days ago
    I get popping in my left shoulder, too, but as long as I don't feel any pain, I'm not worried about it. Make sure you have good form, though. I exercise in front of a mirror and make sure that I look exactly like the videos or pictures. Also take video of yourself - it becomes pretty obvious if you're not doing something right. If your form is good, and you're not feeling pain, then it is probably ok.
    1808 days ago
    I don't know if it's bad or not... It could actually be your joints cracking, like when you crack your knuckles. I know you shouldn't rotate your arms when you do overhead presses - keep your palms facing forward the whole time (you don't have to bang the weights together either). My PT said that rotating your arm (so palms face in) is a rotation that is hard on the shoulders after awhile. But that is the extent of my knowledge!

    I'd do the walk instead of swimming, too! You only get so many beautiful morning walks through the woods in your lifetime, and you shouldn't pass them up!
    1808 days ago
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