Snapping Tendons

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    May 18, 2008 11:40 AM GMT
    It usually doesn't hurt but is annoying and sometimes encourages bad form because it tickles a little.

    It's when some tendon in your joints gets caught in the head of one of the bones and snaps. I notice it happen on the wrists sometimes but mostly on the elbows particularly on my right arm, though it happens on both.

    I had an injury in my right arm when I was 6 or 7 when I fell off the top bunk of a double decker bed on a ship. It was a simple dislocation and healed perfectly. I was wondering if this might be lingering effects of that.

    And if so, is there any risk of injury at all when your joints pop while bending them? It doesn't hurt as I said but it does make me wince more by imagining the popping rather than actual physical discomfort. That's what makes bicep curls annoying for me. icon_confused.gif

    Also, would incorporating more stretching into my workouts fix the problem?
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    May 18, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    Whenever I spot my workout buddy who is a 5'5'' 180-190 lbs muscular guy who has been working out for 10 years, all I hear is his body snapping and popping despite the fact that he does a warm-ups before we workout.

    I am no longer sure what the point of my reply is, but despite falling off the bunk I do hope you managed to cross the Atlantic on the Mayflower safely.
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    May 18, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    I have this too. And I know what you mean about making some exercises uncomfortable and messing with your form.

    Stretching has definitely helped me in most places. But I hate to say it, some joints took years of stretching to quiet down. So definitely nice gentle stretching step-by-step increasing the flexibility, at the beginning of every workout is something you should try, especially for an old injury area, where there may be scar tissue inside.

    The other thing is that you might not be picking the best stretch or doing it right. That was also me for a while. I'd just keep watching other people who stretch -- yoga experts are always good to observe, and ask anyone who seems to be doing something unusual or interesting -- even if it's not applicable to you. That way you can find folks in real life nearby who can look at what you're doing and offer some critique and ideas.

    So, I think this is fixable, but like bodybuilding, it's gonna require patience. You have patience, so you'll eventually kick it.

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    May 19, 2008 10:41 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. Patience I have in abundance, so it's not a problem. icon_razz.gif

    onmyway, I wasn't on the Mayflower. More like the Victoria, LOL.
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    May 19, 2008 11:34 AM GMT
    You should get this checked out by a doctor. My friend had this and it turned out to cancer of the joints. They gave he six months to live but he only lasted four months.
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    May 19, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    JohnnyD saidYou should get this checked out by a doctor. My friend had this and it turned out to cancer of the joints. They gave he six months to live but he only lasted four months.


    !!!

    How old was your friend?

    Eric is all of 22, BTW.

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    May 19, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said[quote][cite]JohnnyD said[/cite]You should get this checked out by a doctor. My friend had this and it turned out to cancer of the joints. They gave he six months to live but he only lasted four months.


    !!!

    How old was your friend?

    Eric is all of 22, BTW.

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    I was joking, old man. Cancer of the joints? Come on!
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    May 19, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    JohnnyD said[quote][cite]iguanaSF said[/cite][quote][cite]JohnnyD said[/cite]You should get this checked out by a doctor. My friend had this and it turned out to cancer of the joints. They gave he six months to live but he only lasted four months.


    !!!

    How old was your friend?

    Eric is all of 22, BTW.

    [/quote]

    I was joking, old man.[/quote]

    And before you get your panties in a bunch, I was joking with the "old man" comment as well since you and I are the same age.
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    May 19, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    I have this in my right ankle; it's caused by muscles being to short. I can get it corrected with several massages and stretching, but I choose to leave it alone mainly because it grosses some people out. (I may be gay, but I'm still boy, ya know.) icon_twisted.gif
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    May 19, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    The clicking and the snapping doesn't bother me too much, but it sounds like yours occurs at an awkward point in the range of motion. If you're really concerned, I would suggest you go see an orthopedist. I have an ex who was a gymnast. Every morning he would go snap-crackle-pop just like bowl of cereal as he got out of bed. He seemed to think that stretching after getting out of bed helped. I know that just watching him do it helped me.icon_razz.gif
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    May 19, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Auryn: You're cute

    RBY: I dream of gymnast boyfriends. Sigh.

    Johnny: I plead guilty to not detecting your wit. Please accept my heartfelt apologies! I also appreciate you soothing my perceived sensitivities with the "old" thing. I just need so much help around here. This place is so confusing to me!

    Eric: You can stretch while you rehearse your coming-out speech to your friend ;)
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    May 20, 2008 7:25 AM GMT
    JohnnyD you scared me. icon_cry.gif

    Auryn saidI have this in my right ankle; it's caused by muscles being to short. I can get it corrected with several massages and stretching, but I choose to leave it alone mainly because it grosses some people out. (I may be gay, but I'm still boy, ya know.) icon_twisted.gif


    ROFL Auryn. I pop my knuckle joints for exactly the same reason. icon_wink.gif

    Wanna go out frog hunting sometime?

    RBY: ach! Orthopedist. I'd stutter some lame reason about popping joints and he'd bawl at me for wasting his time. icon_lol.gif

    Kurt: SHUSH! Don't remind me of that again. LOL. Stretching and practicing coming out speeches will definitely land me in the psych ward someday... and I still need to take over the world yknow.