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Why does my elbow make a popping noise?

Your elbow may make a popping noise because of the following: inflammation, joint injury, ligament injury, muscular injury, or something getting caught in the joint. Other possible causes of the popping noise may not be related to the joint itself, but to some of the tendons not sliding with motion as they should. In this instance, the tendon gets stuck and when it moves to where it should be, a popping noise can be heard.

You should consult with your primary care provider to rule out joint problems which may cause problems when you are older. 


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