Thomas Dunn, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
- orthopedic surgery
- neck & spine surgery
Location and Office HoursDesert Orthopaedic Center
2800 E Desert Inn Rd Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89121
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Saint Mary's Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
- Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
- Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
- St Rose Dominican Hospitals, Rose de Lima Campus
- St Rose Dominican Hospitals, San Martin Campus
- Valley Hospital Medical Center
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 causes the knuckle popping sound?
Discovery Health answered
You know that familiar sound that comes from lacing your fingers together, turning your palms away from you and bending back your fingers? Joints produce that familiar CRACK when bubbles burst in fluid that surrounds the joint.
Joints are where two separate bones meet. They are held in place by connective tissues and ligaments. All the joints in our bodies are surrounded by a thick, clear liquid called synovial fluid. When you stretch or bend your fingers to pop the knuckles, you are causing the bones of the joint to pull apart. When they do, the connective tissue capsule surrounding the joint is stretched. Stretching this capsule causes its volume to increase. As we know from chemistry class, an increase in volume results in a pressure decrease. So when the synovial fluid pressure drops, gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble. This forms bubbles through a process called cavitation. If the joint is stretched far enough, the pressure drops so low that these bubbles burst. That's when we hear the familiar pop we associate with knuckle cracking.
It takes about 30 minutes for the gas to re-dissolve into the joint's fluid. During this time, your knuckles will not crack. Once the gas is re-dissolved, cavitation is again possible. You can pop your knuckles again.
What happens to my muscle mass as I get older?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredEvery year after age 25, our body's composition begins to shift quite dramatically. We gain, on average, about one pound of body weight each year and lose a third to a half pound of muscle. As a result, our resting metabolism decreases approximately 0.5 percent annually. So unless you downshift your caloric intake as your metabolism slows down, you'll experience frustrating weight gain, which can then inhibit optimal energy metabolism.
Although losing a fraction of muscle mass each year may seem minuscule, it adds up to be quite significant -- translating to about a 1 to 2 percent loss of strength each year. With this loss of muscle strength, we tend to spontaneously become less active because daily activities become more difficult and exhausting to perform. We, in effect, lose energy more easily just like an old car that hasn't been serviced in a while will use up more gas than a new, efficient model.
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