Elbow Pain Popping Noise
Nails on a chalkboard and joints that pop and crack, it’s enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck and arms stand up – well at least for me! So what if you suffer from elbow pain combined with a popping noise? Does this mean that your elbow injury is more severe and serious than you thought? Does the popping actually make your condition worse and is there a way you can stop it?
Before we address the above concerns and questions, plus how to get fast elbow pain relief, let’s first learn why a joint such as your elbow, is prone to popping and cracking. For people who are under stress or use specific muscles/tendons more than what’s considered “normal, everyday use”, your muscles will often constrict and tighten as a sort of defense mechanism. This has a chain reaction to your joints. As your muscles pull and strain, it causes more pressure and restriction on your joints, and in this case the elbow joint. Nitrogen gas, which is present in our body, becomes suspended in the synovial fluid that keeps our elbow joint lubricated and moving freely. Overtime, the pressure builds up so much that it has to pop in order to relieve the pressure – this is when you hear the popping noise from your elbow.
If you suffer from elbow pain and it pops from time to time, you really need to discover what is the root cause so you can take effective and proactive measures to eliminate it once and for all.
Elbow pain can come in different forms. Most types of elbow pain occur when you perform specific tasks, activities or movements. Some sufferers even experience pain when they are sedentary and not moving at all, this is a worse case scenario. Elbow pain that is located on the upper forearm and outside of the elbow is the most reported type of elbow condition. It is commonly known as tennis elbow, or medically called – lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury that occurs when the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle suffers a small tear from performing repetitive tasks over an extended period of time. These tasks, activities, or movements usually involve having a tight grip on an object combined with excessive wrist flexion or extension plus forearm/elbow rotation. So for example, if you are a construction worker using tools as day long, or even a gardener using rakes and shovels, perhaps a painter using paint brushes and rollers – these are just a few examples of high risk activities for developing tennis elbow.
So if you thought it was only tennis players who suffer from this condition, think again! It’s a fact that 95% of cases every year are not from tennis players but everyday people like you and I.
If your elbow pain increases when you shake someone’s hand, when you extend or flex your wrist, or gets worse when you perform activities that involves grip or grasping an object where you are required to twist your forearm to complete a task, then you are most likely suffering from tennis elbow. Normal, everyday activities such as holding a cup of coffee, turning a doorknob, carrying a grocery bag or briefcase or even opening the lid on a jar, can cause so much pain and discomfort in your elbow that eventually you have to rely and depend on others for assistance and help.
But here’s some good news! You don’t have to hand over hundreds of dollars to physical therapists or doctors in search for relief from your elbow pain, popping noise and tennis elbow. You definitely don’t need to wear bulky elbow braces or straps that only promote muscle fatigue and weakness. Forget washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills every few hours which only mask your pain, and when they wear off your pain comes back worse than before. Never worry about having to get painful or invasive cortisone shots or elbow surgery. Try easy at home elbow pain exercises to help strengthen your injured muscles and tendons.
And the worse thing you could ever do, is take the wait and see approach because tennis elbow only gets worse the longer you wait to treat it. And to make matters worse, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer your recovery may take.
Luckily, you can get started today to cure your elbow pain and tennis elbow, to stop the popping noise for good, using 5 simple, step-by-step techniques without having to leave the comfort of your own home. You can do these easily, while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show without any special medical gadgets or exercise equipment.