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.
H Ward Brooks, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Fallbrook, CA 92028
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Is excessive popping of the bones dangerous?
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What is a sports injury?
Jennifer Baima, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Brigham and Women's HospitalThe most widely recognized sports injuries occur in an instant, when an athlete absorbs an unexpected blow. Most people do not realize that sports injuries, such as tendinopathy, also can occur from repetitive use during running, jumping, lifting weights and sports. While it is the acute injury that gets most of the attention, being aware of common injury patterns will help to prolong an athlete’s ability to enjoy playing sports at any age. For example, the most common sports injury is an ankle sprain. Often, this turns into a vicious cycle when ankle ligaments are stretched out and become too loose to work and hold the ankle joint in the right position for running. But with the proper care and treatment, an athlete’s performance will not suffer.
How should I remove a helmet without further injuring an athlete?
To remove the helmet, one person reaches into the helmet from the bottom to hold the player’s head and neck. At the same time, a second rescuer unsnaps the jaw pads on either side of the helmet. This person then pulls out on the sides of the helmet and carefully slides it back off the player’s head.
(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)
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