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[HELP] Popping Elbow Joints

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:30 pm
by Kevin
I haven't trained in about a whole month. I took off because my elbows popping about 4+ times a day. There is no pain but still I'd like to get rid of this annoyance. Any help?

Re: [HELP] Popping Elbow Joints

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:57 pm
by Stephen Johnson
Kevin wrote:I haven't trained in about a whole month. I took off because my elbows popping about 4+ times a day. There is no pain but still I'd like to get rid of this annoyance. Any help?
I'm not a doctor, but what you describe sounds like crepitus. Many things can cause crepitus, but if there is no pain present, it probably isn't serious.

You aren't doing a lot of bicep curls in your workout, by any chance?

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:04 am
by caangelxox
for me..when I am not stabilizing with my forearms and I am using my wrists/forearms to get the weight going for tricep overhead extensions or bench press or whatever exercise that causes elbow popping, my elbows make a crunching sound and can feel weird for a second like the join is stuck (especially with overhead tricep extensions) and then goes back normal.

this only happens when I am using too heavy of weight or if my elbow is tired and my wrists/forearm want to lead instead and not do what they are supposed to do.

like for example in bicep curls..you see some people curl their wrist up when doing curls..that is cheating and a lot of pressure on your elbows and wrists

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:10 am
by stuward
Proper warming up could help. Some joint mobility moves like shoulder and elbow rotations can help. Then do a light set of the exercise before going heavy.

If you've been off for a month, go back a little lighter than you think you should at first and then increase the volume and intensity gradually.

Above all, get back to training. If you have any pain, see a physio.

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:10 pm
by Kevin
cool thanks everyone

what i'm getting from you all in a nutshell is...

- less weight (but not too light)
- warm up more/properly
- elbow rotations (could someone explain this....)


and that should help and/or stop the elbow popping

and it doesn't hurt when it happens it is just annoying and i want to stop this....

and i only do 8-10 bicep curls at a kind of heavy weight with slight cheating towards the 7th or 6th rep

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:49 am
by frogbyte
I suspect he meant something like http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Inf ... ation.html

You'd want to go very light there, especially if you're rehabbing an injury - not really clear on what you mean by the "popping" thing.

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:27 pm
by stuward
Kevin wrote:...- elbow rotations (could someone explain this
I mean rotate your forearm so that your elbow is loosened up.

http://www.wikidrills.com/tiki-index.ph ... 0Rotations

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:09 pm
by frogbyte
"towards you in a circular motion"? What on earth is that talking about... you can't move in a circle and move towards something - a circle takes you back to where you came from.

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:13 pm
by stuward
Somebody's definitely over-thinking this.

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:28 pm
by Ricky
Maybe it's this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracking_joints

It doesn't sound like something I would worry about, personally...

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:29 am
by Ironman
frogbyte wrote:"towards you in a circular motion"? What on earth is that talking about... you can't move in a circle and move towards something - a circle takes you back to where you came from.

Yes, you can. It's called a "spiral". Circular motion and circle are not the same.

I wanted to point this out because it highlights the difficulties in having discussions with you. You think similar things are identical. Actually come to think of it this is probably pointless. You were probably just thinking that similar and identical are exactly the same and that I must be crazy.

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:14 am
by Kevin
Ricky wrote:Maybe it's this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracking_joints

It doesn't sound like something I would worry about, personally...
yeah i have a cracking elbow problem. just most of my friends call cracking popping instead

but yes that is exactly what is wrong with my elbow

and i'll try those elbow rotations out for a month or two

how often should i do those?

should i use them in my warm-up or stretching?

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:42 am
by frogbyte
Ironman wrote:
frogbyte wrote:"towards you in a circular motion"? What on earth is that talking about... you can't move in a circle and move towards something - a circle takes you back to where you came from.

Yes, you can. It's called a "spiral". Circular motion and circle are not the same.
A spiral motion is not the same as circular motion. You're the one conflating things, not me.

In any case, how do you rotate your elbow towards yourself? In a spiral motion or circular motion, or anything. The sentence makes no sense.

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:09 pm
by Jungledoc
Froggy, think of drawing a circle with your hand. That could be described as a "circular motion". If you do this in a counter-clockwise direction with your right hand, or a clockwise direction with your left hand, many people would describe that as "toward you". For some reason people focus on the top of a circle to describe motion. Just like with screws, bolts and nuts--"righty-tighty, lefty-loosey"--the top of the bolt is moving toward the right, but the bottom is moving to the left, but still it's "righty". Then you get into the direction of travel of toilet paper off the roll, but that's too complicated for me.

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:55 pm
by frogbyte
Thanks, oh. Hmm I would not have guessed that, but I have seen people do that "focus on the top of a circle to describe motion" thing, so that makes sense now.