Michael D. Watson, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
- orthopedic surgery
- sports medicine
Location and Office HoursBenjamin William Begley MD
2901 Old Jacksonville
Springfield, IL 62704
- CIGNA HealthCare
- HMO Illinois (BC/BS of IL)
- PersonalCare Insurance of Illinois
- United Healthcare
- Memorial Medical Center
- St John's Hospital
Is excessive popping of the bones dangerous?
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.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What is the musculoskeletal system?
The musculoskeletal system functions to support and protect the organs. It is the framework to which tissues and organs attach, and it also helps with nutrient storage.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)
What can I do for spondylolsis?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
If you have spondylolsis, you should perform a combination of flexibility and strengthening techniques to help your body heal and prevent further injury. Begin by foam rolling your IT-band and latissimus dorsi (lats). Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that can help relax tight muscles before you stretch them. Hold the tender spots for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and release the knots that are causing tension in the muscle. After you have completed the foam rolling, statically stretch the hip flexor complex and lats. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to allow your muscles time to elongate. Next, perform strengthening exercises for the hips and core. This can be done by performing stability ball bridges and planks to help strengthen the muscles that stabilize the core and hips. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each of these exercises.
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