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I recently took up tennis. Occasionally when i serve, i feel a pop under my right scapula, like a tendon popping over a know in a bone. What is that?

I recently took up tennis. Occasionally when i serve, i feel a pop under my right scapula, like a tendon popping over a know in a bone. What is that?

Bursa: Most subscapular popping is an inflamed bursitis. Occasionally one has a scapular tumor that rubs on the ribs. Have this checked out by an orthoaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I need to know how to fix my back pain sharp pain in upper right shoulderblade, and in upper right chest. Cant breathe deeply with out my back popping or it starts hurting

I need to know how to fix my back pain sharp pain in upper right shoulderblade, and in upper right chest. Cant breathe deeply with out my back popping or it starts hurting

Back : Back problems are not usually aggravated by breathing. They are not usually limited to shoulder blade and chest. I recommend being checked out by your primary care doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Popping from both shoulders- joint\scapula when rotating and overhead. Pain sometimes esp w/ ext rotation. Xray showed nothing. What could cause?

Popping from both shoulders- joint\scapula when rotating and overhead. Pain sometimes esp w/ ext rotation. Xray showed nothing. What could cause?

Rotator cuff: It is possible to have rotator cuff problems with normal x-rays.An MRI scan is more sensitive. It is unusual for a young person to have problems with rotator cuff in the absence of trauma or repetitive activities which put a lot of stress on the shoulder joint.The "popping" sensation suggests a problem in the joints themselves as opposed to a problem with the spinal nerves that go to the shoulders. ...Read more

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I have been coughing so hard my lowest rib on the left side keeps popping in and out. The pain is un bearable. What should I do?

I have been coughing so hard my lowest rib on the left side keeps popping in and out.  The pain is un bearable. What should I do?

Exam: It is possible to break a rib from coughing. You can also have several lung problems that can cause similar pain. It would be best to have an exam done, particularly if the pain is severe and/or you are short of breath. ...Read more

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Leaning completely forward on toilet and pushing to release all urine,heard a popping sound in left chest. What causes this? Sounds like 4 quick pops

Leaning completely forward on toilet and pushing to release all urine,heard a popping sound in left chest.  What causes this? Sounds like 4 quick pops

Ligaments: You probably heard popping due to movements of the ligaments at the insertion points of your pectoral muscles. As long as you have no lingering pain or range of motion when you raise your arms above your head, you are fine. If you have pain or limited ROM, see a sports medicine doc for next steps ...Read more

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My left wrist is making a popping noise ?

My left wrist is making a popping noise ?

NP: If it is not bothering you, I would not worry. If you are doing something to make it pop, stop doing that. ...Read more

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Why does my left elbow making popping sounds when i lift weights?

Why does my left elbow making popping sounds when i lift weights?

Elbow popping: Can be due to some tendons rubbing over eachother or a bony prominence while under tension, or due to some distraction inside of the joint during lifting that allows gas to escape from the joint fluid (similar to cracking our knuckles). Sometimes, the joint is not sliding- but 'jumping' thought a range of motion under heavy load, but that could be damaging the joint surface. Make sure you stretch! ...Read more

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My neck pops when i turn right, but not left. Is this due to an injury, or popping neck?

My neck pops when i turn right, but not left. Is this due to an injury, or popping neck?

Get neck x rays.: Most patients use word "popping" for a sound they hear when moving one of the joints. This is generally indicative of osteoarthritis. See your physician and get x rays of neck. ...Read more

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My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right. It does not hurt. Any concerns or suggestions? Thanks

My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right.  It does not hurt.  Any concerns or suggestions?  Thanks

Not really: Many people have non-symptomatic neck popping and cracking (including myself!). You are probably sensing the normal motion of the cervical facet joints. I do not recommend purposeful cracking of one's neck, which usually requires a significant rotational movement of the neck (i have had patients with acute cervical herniations after those maneuvers). ...Read more

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