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i8beefy2
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Posted:No, not those joints... smile

Im 22. Over the past year I've had an increasingly annoying condition develop that I don't know if I should worry about or not... Namely, my joints seem to be cracking more and more often from common movement. I wouldn't be too worried, but I've just developed one in my right elbow as well, after having started lifting weights again. My right elbow now pops several times a day. There is no pain involved, perhaps a little preasure that feels good to relieve by popping it (like cracking my knuckles, something I do all the time). In addition to this, my THUMBS of all things have this annoying habit of doing something similar. If my hand remains motionless for a few minutes (every morning when I wake up, this happens) as soon as I move them, they pop.

Now, given that I have been spinning staff now for four years, and that I recently started some light lifting (25 lb dumbells, not really overdoing it for my size, and I gradually worked my way up from 15s... used to do 25s all the time), I was wondering if perhaps this is some kind of repetitive motion injury, or if I am damaging my joints or anything.

Also, I have been a vegetarian for about 7 years, don't eat as well as I should perhaps, and only take vitamins and protein shakes occasionally (maybe once or twice a week). Could it be nutritional? What might I want to add to my diet to promote good joints?

The thumb cracking has gotten a bit worrisome. None of this is painful mind you, in fact the popping feels good, but I don't want to go blowing out any joints already at this age. smile


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MiG
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Posted:I'd like a bit of advice on this too - Very similar, though i don't do weights or anything. A lot (most, if not all) of my joints crack, from knuckles to jaw to back (who needs a chiro?) to ankles. and nearly all the bits in the middle.

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Lemonkey


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Posted:... not to jump on the bandwagon, but I have the same problem.



I lift weights regularly (4 times a week) and had a fantastic diet over summer, and only a few months ago my shoulders began clicking on random exercises, not painful again, but clicking non-the-less. Last year I damaged both shoulders, but even when I resumed lifting (a year after), there was no clicking, just recently.



My deltoids are fairly strong, and I pay a lot of attention to rotator cuff strength (external, internal rotation etc), which strengthened my shoulder for lifting...



I hope I haven't made myself a candidate for arthritis or something when I'm older. frown


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:All through medical school, I asked orthopedist after orthopedist about joint cracking and popping. I heard many theories, but the bottom line is:

"Nobody knows what joint cracking is, but it's probably harmless."

It's amazing, we've unraveled the mysteries of DNA and we don't know why joints crack.


-Mike )'(
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Mynci
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Posted:I always thought it was the release of air in the joint but then realised air inside the body could be a bit of a dumb theory... confused2

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Posted:ive puzzled about this to.....my wrist, ankles, neck and back are the worst and crack every couple of mins pretty much!!!

ah well maybe we are all doomed to eternal joint craking!! confused ubbloco


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thelost
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Posted:Hmmm... I got the same problem with my elbows and my knees. Almost everytime I bend down my right knee clicks/pop. I'm not sure what this is but people keep telling me that it's the cartillage or something rubbing against each other, making the clicking noise which scares the hell outta me because everyone goes on to saying that continuous clicking etc will lead to arthritis...and I'm only 19 ubbcrying

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MiG
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Posted:i've heard theories relating to nitrogen bubbles bursting, which sorta makes sense, cos there's nitrogen in the blood, and if it collects in the joint (pressure), then reaches a point where no more can fit, and is released from the joint (crack) back into the blood. Makes sense to me, kinda.

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TheBovrilMonkey
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Posted:When I went to an osteopath to sort out my back, I asked him about popping joints.
His reply was along the lines of 'it's ok if it just happens as you're moving normally, it's when you're forcing the joints to make them pop that's bad.'

However, as with all medical type info gleaned from the internet, take that with a pinch of salt, especially since it's very general info and not really very specific or detailed.


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FoxInDocs
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Posted:Written by: Doc Lightning

It's amazing, we've unraveled the mysteries of DNA and we don't know why joints crack.



Or why yawning is contagious...

*demands that more money be spent on these important issues, instead of wasting it on silly things like cancer research*


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Posted:Written by: TheBovrilMonkey
His reply was along the lines of 'it's ok if it just happens as you're moving normally, it's when you're forcing the joints to make them pop that's bad.'




Oh dear. frown


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i8beefy2
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Posted:Pretty much everything I've read in my research is along these lines as well... no pain, no problem... natural process, etc. etc.

I was just wondering if it might be associated with any later life problems. For instance, my grandma had arthritus... I've seen a finger litterally lock into possition before (I was very young) and it scared the heck out of me... or at least was rather disgusting to imagine that feeling of a joint locking up.

I guess I won't worry about it much then since there doesn't seem to be any good answers. I also do leg raises, and my hips pop on every one... I can pop my neck and back several times a day (it feels good), etc. Sometimes my knees feel like they need to be popped.

The other thing I was wondering about was diet and joint health, like is there some kind of food I might want to look into eating more of to promote the healthiest joints possible?


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Posted:My physio said its just bubbles of air or something popping. nothing too serious and nothing to worry about.

although there seems to many differing opinions so i don't know who to believe!

i hope its not bad as my ankles click on nearly every step i take and when i walk up stairs it sounds like someone is jumping on bubble wrap!


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Nope, it's not air bubbles. We know that much!

-Mike )'(
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