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Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Injury: You are most likely causing a localized acute arthritis every time you pop your joint. I would certainly refrain from intentionally doing this and if it happens, apply ice, take Ibuprofen (if you can) and elevate it. See your doctor if concern. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I dislocated my shoulder a week ago and it keeps popping randomly like if i flex my bicep the first time it'll pop, or if i stretch it'll pop, normal?

I dislocated my shoulder a week ago and it keeps popping randomly like if i flex my bicep the first time it'll pop, or if i stretch it'll pop, normal?

No, labral tear: You likely have injured your labrum from the injury. While in general, popping of the shoulder is not a significant problem, popping after a dislocation is more significant. I suggest you see a shoulder orthopedic specialist and likely an arthrogram MRI is necessary. ...Read more

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Why does my groin area click or pop when I open my leg outward? And should I be worried about it if I constantly pop my groin as much as cracking my knuckles?

Why does my groin area click  or pop when I open my leg outward? And should I be worried about it if I constantly pop my groin as much as cracking my knuckles?

Evaluation needed: You may have a loose body in your hip joint or a slipped growth center. Further evaluation by a physician, preferable orthopaedic is advisable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Why is it when i walk my ankles pop on there own. And my knee pops every time i bend it. I've never broken anything in my body.

Why is it when i walk my ankles pop on there own. And my knee pops every time i bend it. I've never broken anything in my body.

Popping...: Popping is common and is not always associated with something being wrong. If you have no pain, discomfort or locking i wouldn't worry too much. Popping can be caused by fibrous bands of tissue sliding across the joint, cavitation from pressure changes in the joint and from cartilaginous structures in the joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my wrist swells after knocking it?

What does it mean if my wrist swells after knocking it?

Its inflamed: Symptoms of inflammation are swelling pain and redness, alo warmth, this is the body's reaction to accelerate healing after injury ...Read more

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Why does my hip keep popping? I can almost make it pop whenever.

Why does my hip keep popping? I can almost make it pop whenever.

Varies: There are a number of potential causes, and an exam can usually degermine the cause. There is a condition known as snapping hip syndrome, for example. A contracture of the tensor fascia lata, which is a tendon on the outside of the hip, can cause the hip to pop as the hip is flexed and extended. A slight instability of the hip can also cause it to sublux in and out as well. Thank you. ...Read more

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My knee is popping and cracking and locking, what's wrong with it? I've had a lot of issues out of my knee, it pops when i bend it or squat down, it locks at times and is hard to move, it swells and it hurts behind my knee cap and hurts a lot and causes m

My knee is popping and cracking and locking, what's wrong with it? I've had a lot of issues out of my knee, it pops when i bend it or squat down, it locks at times and is hard to move, it swells and it hurts behind my knee cap and hurts a lot and causes m

If : If you have not had an MRI i recommend you request one. It sounds like you may have a tear in one or multiple tendons, ligaments, or meniscus. If so, you will need surgery to clean the knee out so to speak and repair the damage. In the meantime you can request a steroid injection for the pain and inflammation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my wrist hurts bad my hand is swelled and when i open a bottle my wrist hurts and pops bad and i went to the doctors?

What does it mean when my wrist hurts bad my hand is swelled and when i open a bottle my wrist hurts and pops bad and i went to the doctors?

Sounds like some --: Form of arthritis, most likely RA at your age, if there is no hx of any injury/fall etc. What did the doctor say, as that is important as he examined u, i hope? Xrays early on might be normal even. Other possibilities include tendonitis. If not improving see an orthopod in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

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3 months ago i tried to pop my middle finger. It was very painful and wouldn't pop. This morning i woke up & it hurts to move. No swelling or bruising?

3 months ago i tried to pop my middle finger. It was very painful and wouldn't pop. This morning i woke up & it hurts to move. No swelling or bruising?

Finger pain: Try some over the counter Naproxen 500 mg two times a day with meals if you have no allergy to this medication. If you don, t get relief in one week see you family doctor. ...Read more

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I twiste my knee, it hurts on the inside it has swelling it hurts a lot so I am limping i can't straighten it i tried i heard a grinding noise any idea?

I twiste my knee, it hurts on the inside it has swelling it hurts a lot so I am limping i can't straighten it i tried i heard a grinding noise any idea?

See the doctor: There are a couple of possibilities, including a torn cartilage, loose body or problems with the surface of the lining cartilage. Particularly if you can't fully straighten your knee, you should see an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i stopped cracking my knuckles but throught out the day my finger feels really painful and sore.. Why is this?

What do you advise if i stopped cracking my knuckles but throught out the day my finger feels really painful and sore.. Why is this?

See details: You question is difficult to understand, The pain is unlikely to be related to either cracking knuckles or to stop cracking them. Have the finger evaluated if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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Why does my wrist pop when I rotate it? Why does my wrist and arm fall asleep really fast? And, Also, Why does my wrist feel like it is spazzing out?

Why does my wrist pop when I rotate it? Why does my wrist and arm fall asleep really fast? And, Also, Why does my wrist feel like it is spazzing out?

Probably normal: Popping of joints in a young person is probably normal. Not sure what it means for the wrist to "spazz out". If the arm goes to sleep when it's being actively used (not just sitting still) then a medical exam would be needed to investigate further. ...Read more

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Is my finger dislocated? Lately I have been having pain in my thumb and it will pop when i bend it i can not remember hitting it on anything. At times my finger will not pop when i bend it but the pain is still there help!

Popping, : Popping, clicking and locking is usually from a trigger finger or in this case a trigger thumb. The tendon that moves the thumb is held inlace by pulleys or slings of thick tissue that hold the thumb down against the bone so that when you bend your thumb the tendon does not "bowstring" out away for the thumb surface. Think of belt lops on pants or the eyelets on a fishing pole that guide the fishing line and keep it in place. The tendon can get inflamed form wear and tear, injury, or just because it can. The pulley can get a little less flexible and take on stiffer characteristics when these factors get to a certain point the tendon may then not glide as well as it ionce did and you get triggering the range of symptoms can be pain , pain with a little click, no pain with a lot of click , even a t times locked down and not moving at all early morning or may be worse. A lot of times once you get going int he am the symptoms go away a hand surgeon will generally try to inject a trigger finger with corticosteroid to reduce the swelling. Splinting may not work in that the finger may get stiffer but for thumbs in those who do a lot of hand intensive daytime activity, a soft neoprene guard or splint that is flexible may help get through the day if conservative treatment does not work a surgical release may be offered. The assh has a good brochure on this problem ( see below). ...Read more

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I stopped cracking my knuckles but throught out the day my finger feels really painful and sore.. Why is this, should I be concerned?

No relation to pain: Cracking your knuckles has no relation to pain in the digits. The sound of knuckle cracking is the pop of a nitrogen bubble that develops in the joint. You should be evaluated by a hand specialist to determine the cause of your finger soreness. Many reasons other than knuckle cracking that may account for this soreness. ...Read more

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Why does my wrist make popping sounds when rotate it? I did have a bad fall and landed on my hand a couple of years ago. It also hurts ocassionly.

Why does my wrist make popping sounds when  rotate it? I did have a bad fall and landed on my hand a couple of years ago. It also hurts ocassionly.

Post traumatic: arthritis can occur any time after an injury involving the joint. When you landed on your hand, you may have caused a tear in the cartilage. Over time, joint fluid works into the cartilage and wears it away until you have bone against bone, a torn TFC, or tiny fragments floating in the joint which can cause popping. Xray or MRI might answer the question. ...Read more

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I popped my thumb last night and instantly after it swelled up and got pain. It hurts the worst when I try to bend it....why is it?

I popped my thumb last night and instantly after it swelled up and got pain. It hurts the worst when I try to bend it....why is it?

Popping": is called SUBLUXATION! It indicates partial DISLOCATION. STOP DOING IT! You have injured the tendons which control your thumb's motion and strength for GRASPING! If your symptoms persist...see a HAND SPECIALIST! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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After I jammed my finger it won't move regularly. What is this?

After I jammed my finger it won't move regularly. What is this?

May need an x-ray: Treatment for a jammed finger includes: rest, cold packs, & elevating that hand up to the chest. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) for 3 days helps reduce the swelling & pain. One can "buddy splint" by taping the injured finger to the finger next to it for a few days. If the pain is severe, the finger crooked, or the range of motion significantly decreased, a primary or orthopedic doctor can evaluate & do an x-ray. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more