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Doctor insights on: Pain Under Left Shoulderblade Feels Like It Needs To Pop

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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 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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How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.

How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.

Plagiocephaly: You describe positional flattening that has become very common. Back to sleep has left many children with flattening of back of the head that corrects over 6 to 9 months. Helmet treatment may help early on, but normal brain growth will correct this over time. ...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 might someone have a popping sensation in their left ear?

Why might someone have a popping sensation in their left ear?

Popping in ear: Could be normal or abnormal depending on whether or not there is also hearing impairment, dizziness, fullness, pain. Eustachian tube is the site. ...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 daugthter is 11months old with flat head at the back and left side with right side popping out, will her head round about? And when

My daugthter is 11months old with flat head at the back and left side with right side popping out, will her head round about? And when

Positional changes: In skull shape are cosmetic & have no impact on development. Premature closure of a skull "suture, " the space between skull bones, can be associated with some syndromes or be an isolated finding in an otherwise neurotypical, healthy infant. Based on physical findings, your pediatrician will be able tell you if anything, like a ct scan, is necessary to look for premature closure of a suture. ...Read more

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One single popping sensation in left side of skull followed by several days of brief sharp headaches that last only a second or two.?

One single popping sensation in left side of skull followed by several days of brief sharp headaches that last only a second or two.?

Articulating joints: This is similar to cracking your knuckles. You're not damaging anything, but you're hearing a large popping sound in the vacuum of a air is released. Often times this provides relief, the more often you do it, this is also the problem that it causes, because you're overdoing it. You might benefit from having seen by a osteopathic physician, who can evaluate diagnose and treat it, so that you won't have anymore popping sound in that area. ...Read more

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Had blow to chest. Popping sensation can be felt near sternum to the left. Also pain. What is it and will it stay for life or will it eventually go?

Had blow to chest. Popping sensation can be felt near sternum to the left. Also pain. What is it and will it stay for life or will it eventually go?

Mgt/workup: It may be related to soft tissue injury, but other conditions to consider include a rib fracture. If you have any trouble breathing, please see the ED immediately. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been having painful cracking/popping noises when I extend my left arm n now right too for a while now, 40-50% of time after being bent.

Hello, I have been having painful cracking/popping noises when I extend my left arm n now right too for a while now, 40-50% of time after being bent.

Cracking and pop: Noises are harmless and common. The pain is a sign that something is not right and should be evaluated. It might be just arthritis that a couple aleve (naproxen) twice a day will help and some ice but if not see your doc. ...Read more

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Left shoulder makes a loud popping/ grinding sound every time I move it up and back down or shrug it's been doing this for around 3-4 months thoughts?

Left shoulder makes a loud popping/ grinding sound every time I move it up and back down or shrug it's been doing this for around 3-4 months thoughts?

Shoulder popping: Popping is not a symptom indicative of any disease. If you have any other symptoms besides that, you can relay those for making correct diagnosis or better off - talk to your regular doctor who can examine you and make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why is my left knee cap making these popping sounds?

Why is my left knee cap making these popping sounds?

Hard to say: Many joints make noise, and without accompanying pain, it is unlikely to be a cause for concern.

Sometimes is may be an indication that there is malalignment or cartilage damage, but generally there is no relationship between the amount of painless popping and internal damage. ...Read more