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What makes my wrist crack?

What makes my wrist crack?

Any number of things: "cracking joints" may occur in children or adults. If the sound is associated with pain, locking of the finger or hand in an odd position, or loss of function, then a doctor visit is indicated. ...Read more

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What makes my wrist pop/crack when i bend it up and down?

What makes my wrist pop/crack when i bend it up and down?

Joint popping: Joint popping is common with restriction of joints. In general the pop allows for freedom of motion. If pop causes pain it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My wrists crack anytime i move them, no injury.

My wrists crack anytime i move them, no injury.

Wrist cracks: This is quite normal in some people. Just as long as it does not hurt you. ...Read more

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Is good that i can crack my wrist any given time?

Is good that i can crack my wrist any given time?

Not an issue: If it is not painful, noisy joints are not an issue, if there is pain with the cracking or in general, i would see an orthopedic md. ...Read more

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I hurt my wrist a few months ago and now it constantly cracks. What does this mean?

I hurt my wrist a few months ago and now it constantly cracks. What does this mean?

Depends...: Any pain with the 'cracks'? Altered wrist mechanics from a cartilage or ligament tear can cause abnormal, and normally painful clicking around the wrist after trauma. Some nonpainful clicking around the wrist can be normal as long as they do not impede motion or cause discomfort. ...Read more

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I always feel lots of pressure on both my wrists, I have to constantly twist and turn them till they crack,what can it be?

Habit?: Could this be a habit? why do you need to do this?How long have you been doing this.? If there is pain then you should see your primary care doc or possibly an ortho. Unless there is much swelling or redness and the joints feel hot, I doubt there is much pathology.The cracking and snapping is more related to the twisting and turning and mostly ligamentous noise. ...Read more

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My wrist makes a very loud crack/clunk noise whenever I move it clockwise or anti-clockwise, also when I move it up down, side to side. Like grinding?

My wrist makes a very loud crack/clunk noise whenever I move it clockwise or anti-clockwise, also when I move it up down, side to side. Like grinding?

Typically this sound: is generated when a little tendon or other structure in the complex wrist joint shifts around a bone. This is more common in some with unique anatomy or as a result of injury, perhaps not recognized. If there is no pain or restricted motion it is probably fine to just watch it. Most would suggest trying to avoid making it happen; theoretically it might make the tendons looser. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I guess I slept on my wrist wrong last night and at some point I woke up and cracked it, and now it hurts pretty bad, what happened? What should I do?

Wrist pain; rest it: If you are young and healthy, your body will heal itself if you give it time. This is a soft-tissue problem (ie you strained a tendon or ligament). Just rest it for a couple days. Limit keyboard time, writing, lifting with that hand. Consider taking some ibuprofen (600 mg every 6 hrs). Don't smoke - that slows down healing. ...Read more

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Ok so im a gymanast and my wrist started to crack when i rotated it and now it hurts to hold myself in a handstand, front support, and swinging on bar?

Ok so im a gymanast and my wrist started to crack when i rotated it and now it hurts to hold myself in a handstand, front support, and swinging on bar?

Physical exam first: An exam by your doctor is the first place to start. S/he may order an Xray if there is concern for a fracture. If the Xray is clear you may have a problem with your cartilage that only an MRI can see. Don't ignore this, because gymnastics shouldn't be painful. Your problem will get worse without a proper evaluation and a plan to correct it. Good luck! ...Read more