Popping of the bones is actually due to small gas bubbles shifting location quickly as the joints are moved or stretched. The bones themselves do not actually make any noise; instead, the noise is caused by the tissue surrounding the bone. Some people find this relieving and some may find it uncomfortable, but in the long run, there's no evidence to show that this phenomenon is harmful. Forceful manipulation of joints, with or without popping, usually by a third party such as a chiropractor, carries a risk of damaging blood vessels or nerves, especially in the neck. However this is very rare.
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Is excessive popping of the bones dangerous?
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What are menisci of the knee?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredSeparating the bones of the knee are two rubbery cartilage pads known as menisci. Named for their crescent-moon shape, the menisci curve around each side of the tibia's top, serving as shock absorbers and helping the bones fit together. Menisci are made of tough, elastic cartilage but are susceptible to injury from the pressure of the thighbone and shin bone they cushion and degenerative changes of the knee.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What injuries can result from poor playing field conditions?
Muscle strains and tears, ligament sprains, broken bones, and concussions are all injuries that may result from poor field conditions. It is important to be aware of the field conditions prior to the start of a practice or game and to inform coaches when poor field conditions may increase the risk of their athletes being injured.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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