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Neck popping and grinding happens when there’s changes in the cartilage that lines the facet joints. Every popping in the neck puts lots of stress into the joint causing the ligaments around the joints to stretch, thus making it more unstable which can further lead to instability. Regularly popping your neck makes cervical arteries that pass through the back of your neck and head tear, placing you at higher risk of stroke.
Though there are various opinions on the effects of neck cracking, no one really support it all the way – whether healthcare professionals or chiropractors. Popping neck with pain could be a sign that there have been misalignments of the vertebral structure, or damage into the joints, ligaments, or cartilage may be present. This entry was posted in Neck Pain, Neck Popping and Cracking and tagged cracking, cracking sound, neck cracking popping, pain in neck, popping, popping sound by christy. One of the studies above showed that the forces involved with the joint manipulation may have forces that exceed the force needed for articular damage. One of the studies also indicated that knuckle cracking increases the preponderance for joint swelling and grip strength loss as well as other traits such as manual labor, biting of the nails, smoking, and drinking alcohol. This is common in sports with excessive flexibility work such as rhythmic gymnastics where the articular joint capsules can be stretched out significantly.
Obviously, laxity in joints can be compensated with proper strength work to an extent so such things are always beneficial as well.
Finally, crepitus can be present where there is degeneration in the joint, and it cracks inadvertently. For example, people with more lax joints as described above may have always had issues with clicking albeit not painful clicking. However, if you have not always had joint clicking, and it is acute onset from particular sports, weightlifting, or other activities I would reexamine the activity to ensure that the clicking may not devolve into something insidious.
When these aspects are compromised especially the limbs – ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders – there is potential for clicking and popping to begin and potentially become malicious.
Let’s look at the knees for a specific example since it is the most common source of clicking (shoulder coming in at a close second). In most cases the neural factors of posture and movement biomechanics contribute heavily to the deficiencies that develop in mobility and many muscle imbalances that arise. For example, we discuss in Shoes, Sitting, and Lower Body Dysfunctions that there is often the development of a very quad dominant and very hamstring weak individual.
When mobility is limited by tight muscles and there are imbalances within antagonistic muscles, the biomechanics of the movement degrade.
Particularly with the knee if the hamstring do not engage correctly during walking or squatting motions, there is likely an excessive anterior glide of the femur on the tibia. Excessive anterior gliding of the femur may start to impinge the anterior portions of both the medial and lateral menisci which cause clicking. The increased torque on the patellofemoral complex causes the quads to become much more active thus aggravating the imbalance of the quadriceps:hamstring strength ratio. The increased torque on the patellofemoral complex may lead to chondromalacia patellae or patellofemoral syndrome or other problems.
This is why teaching proper posture and biomechanics while improving mobility and imbalances is so important. In conclusion, if you know you are having onset clicking issues and you notice that you have problems with posture, biomechanics, mobility and muscle imbalances you may have an insidious onset of clicking that may devolve into worse problems. In many cases correct the imbalances with proper strength and mobility work should improve the condition significant and even eliminating cartilage clicking. In all of these cases, there is likely some problems related to posture, biomechanical, mobility and muscle imbalances.
The “quick” fix to eliminate the pain and snapping quickly is to loose up the tissues with soft tissue massage and anti-inflammatory drugs. If you have no idea how to correctly evaluate yourself and perform correct soft tissue work after reading all of my articles then go see a health professional. I hope this has been helpful to people wondering whether they potentially had problems on their hands or not and the correct decisions to make regarding their health. Steven Low, author of Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength, is a former gymnast who, in recent years, has been heavily involved in the gymnastics performance troupe, Gymkana.
As you have explained you do actually have some orthopedic problems with the spasming and soreness. In most cases, pain in pressing movements is due to postural problems, and imbalances in strength. I would avoid all pressing movements from now and get the area to calm down with massage, fish oil, ice, etc. If it was tracking laterally that would be a problem, and you’d likely feel it because of the patellofemoral articulation that is rubbing together.
Gotta focus on keeping the knees out over the toes and not allow them to collapse in during squatting. Sounds like patellofemoral syndrome, except you may have overdeveloped medial quads instead of overdeveloped lateral side like most people get. If you need help beyond that depending on the severity it may be a good idea to see a physical therapist in your area who can deal with your case specifically though. Thanks for the help, I actually just went to see a physical therapist and he seemed to think the popping was just subluxation.
Just to clarify though, when you say tilt the knees inwardly, does that mean tilting them towards each other? Also, if you are seeing a PT get their advice for some more VL specific exercises to help bring that back into balance.
Max, I had a similar problem, when doing squats try putting your heels up on a small black.step a, inch or two high, and have your toes on the ground. Not exactly ideal because you want to gain back the mobility rather than compensate by elevating the heels. And if you’re going to Oly lift then you may need Oly shoes (which is basically the same thing in a sense). Which articulation does it hurt during (supination, pronation, at the end of the movement, middle, or what)?
The sound occurs during pronation and during the middle of the movement and not at the end of pronation. It sounds like you’re having some issues with your gluteals, sciatic nerve, and possibly SI joint.
This is definitely something that you would want to be discussing with a doctor of physical therapist if possible.
You may have tight muscles here and there as well as a lot of scar tissue that may need working on in physical therapy to help fix up some of the dysfunctions that you are currently experiencing.
I HAVE BOTH ELBOWS CONTINUING MAKING A LOUD SNAPPING SOUND.IT OCCURS ON PUSHING UP OR EXTENDING MY ARM, REACHING OUT ETC. Well, Steve I had experienced pain in both of my wrists, first it started in right wrist and then after couple of months it started in left as well. Hello Steven, I just want to ask you,whether or not my leg joints may be creating a significant problem for me. Playing years of basketball has left me with clicking knees and rotator cuffs, weak ankles and elbows, and many other painful conditions. If your issues stem from lots of injuries, yes, there are things you can do, but the improvement you may see may be limited. If he is a good chiropractor sit down with him and go over your issues with him and what you and he think can be expected from treatment. Ever since i was in middle school, i’ve always had joint crunching, popping, and shoulder clicking. Stoneware potters often complain about two problems occurring with their ware; it is cracked when removed from the kiln or the glaze pops off the surface after the glaze is fired. It is the purpose of this note to give some insight into the source of the trouble and some steps that may be taken to correct it. X-ray diffraction analysis and thermal expansion measurements of the broken ware always show an excessive amount of the high temperature phase of quartz known as cristobalite to be present. The troublesome thermal expansion curve for the cristobalite form of quartz is shown in Figure 1 along with the thermal expansion of other phases normally present in vitrified stoneware. At the same time the transformation of the amorphous silica into cristobalite is occurring, another reaction is going on that is removing some of the amorphous quartz which is reacting with the melting fluxes to form the liquid phase that is vitrifying the body.
Before suggesting remedies for the problem, let's look at how the thermal expansion behavior of the body can cause both the body cracking and the glaze popping problem.
According to Lawrence (page 126) cracks originating because of the quartz inversion can be distinguished from cracks caused by the cristobalite inversion. Porous bodies may have a considerable amount of cristobalite present and still have reasonably good thermal shock resistance because the pore structure retards the spread of the crack. Glaze popping (dunting) also occurs below 255°C because the body is shrinking much faster than the glaze is shrinking.
Now that we know that cristobalite is causing the problem, here are some steps that can be taken to minimize or control the amount formed. The maximum amount of cristobalite formed from the decomposition of the kaolinite appears to be in the temperature range of 1250-1300°C (cone 7-10).
Most stoneware bodies contain brick grog which often has well-developed particles of cristobalite present. Another method of reducing the cristobalite content is to dissolve the amorphous silica material in the high temperature liquid phase. When the flux content is increased, the amount of liquid phase also increases at the maturing temperature, which may cause slumping.
Fire under mild oxidation atmosphere and reduce only as necessary to produce the glaze effect needed.
The longer the body is held at peak temperature the more time is available for rearrangement of the silicon and oxygen atoms into the cristobalite structure.
This is a difficult question to answer as the average potter has no way to measure the quantity present.

A stoneware body that can tolerate moderate thermal shock will have an expansion curve similar to the non-cracking curve. For a good summary of applied science and the potter I suggest reading CERAMIC SCIENCE FOR THE POTTER by W.
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For the first time ever, scientists have unassailable, experimental evidence on what causes the popping sound that is heard when knuckles are cracked. Next time when your kid asks you to "pull his finger," also tell him the secret behind the distinctive popping sounds that are heard while cracking knuckles. Washington, April 16: In a new study, scientists have unraveled the mystery as to why the popping sounds occur when we crack our knuckles. For the first time, an MRI video has been taken of cracking knuckles, answering once and for all what makes the audible pop. Like in action movies, where we commonly see tough men crack their necks and we will eventually hear neck popping sounds as the men keeps on twisting their necks. There are bones at the front of neck and the cartilage rings that supports trachea and larynx.
Typically, when the cartilage becomes soft, it’s also becoming irregular; so when there’s head movement, instead of taking the smooth path, the joints now travel on an irregular path.
Because tight muscles can cause the vertebrae to rub against each other when there’s certain head and neck movement, neck popping when turning head occurs.
But even though there’s no pain involved, still, constantly hearing neck popping noise can be disturbing.
But for people who are experiencing pain, or for people who are worried with the sounds it make, neck popping and its side effects is serious.
Thus, by looking at how they arise we can evaluate the situation if there is a need for proactive prehabilitative protocol.
Since the joints themselves are a bit more unstable because of the looseness of the connective tissue, the body cannot generate as much force lest it injure itself.
As a precautionary measure if you have looser joints I would avoid cracking them just in case it may present problems down the line. If you suspect you have something similar, it’s obviously best not to crack them more than they are. In particular the knee is special in that it has two extra pieces of articular cartilage, the menisci, in between the femur and tibia clicking is fairly common in many cases. It is the development of such imbalances or limitations in mobility that have the potential to cause clicking within the knee to devolve into painful wear on the cartilage. When synovial joints move against each other they must simultaneously glide and roll to function correctly. This wears down the meniscus and articular cartilage faster contributing to osteoarthritis. Weakness and decreased mobility at the ankles and hips may also contribute to dysfunctions at the knee. While it does not have two extra pieces of cartilage as the knee, it has the most mobility and range of motion as any of the joints in the body. This may be the case even in people that have had clicking all their lives from loose joints. However, to eliminate the problem entirely all of the factors that contribute to their development from the four attributes (posture, biomechanics, mobility and muscle imbalances) must be examined and corrected.
However, the Neanderthal No More series by Cressey and Robertson on T-nation covers this extensively as well. Unfortunately, knees extremely forward is needed for Oly however it can be mitigated a bit by proper lifting shoes (which I assume you do have some). There’s no pain involved and just clicking of the meniscus at end range which is fairly common. If medial aspect is overdeveloped, you want to focus on developing the vastus lateralis, and also correcting imbalances at the hip — likely strengthening abductors and external rotators there.
I also have a clicking in my right elbow (where bicep and elbow meet) only when i extend my elbow fully and then rotate it. When I started going to gym agin after like six months of gap, in this January, I was having pain in my right wrist and after like two to three weeks the pain vanished in right wrist.
It sounds like there may be a couple things going on especially if you have things going on in both wrists. You see everytime I do a ankle rotation my ankle joint keeps clicking,and I feel an almost sliding or grinding movement of my joint yet everything is painless and has always been painless for me.
No specific body compositions are referred to, nor is a typical composition listed, because there are so many variations of stoneware compositions in use. How can this cause trouble if the body has never been fired higher than cone 9 or 10, a maximum of 1285°C (2345°F)? Since the atomic arrangement of amorphous silica is closer to that of the liquid phase than is that of the crystalline quartz, the amorphous silica will be dissolved at a faster rate than the other crystalline forms of quartz.
Thermal expansion is the change of the length or volume of the solid as the temperature changes. The slower the cooling rate the smaller is this gradient between the hotter inside and the cooler outside of the wall. Both cracks will be sharp, but because the cristobalite crack occurred at a much lower temperature, its surface will be dull while the surface of the higher temperature crack will be smooth and glossy. This difference in the two rates of length change causes a large amount of compressive stress to develop in the thin layer of glaze. Lowering the firing temperature without changing the flux content of the body may increase the porosity and may not properly mature the currently used glaze. Such particles are difficult to dissolve in the liquid phase and will act as growth sites for the transformation of the amorphous quartz into cristobalite and for the precipitation of excess silica in the glass phase as cristobalite during cooling. If iron spots are important in the glaze, try to formulate the glaze so that the spot material is in the glaze and not derived from the contact of the glaze and the body. It is not necessary to have the body saturated with black carbon into the center of the wall. This is somewhat balanced by the glass-forming reaction which dissolves more quartz over a longer time period. Looking on are audiologist Debbie Lawrence (left), who will run the new clinic, and Carole Butterfield, manager of the Foundry Court Community Centre. These will be run by Richard Lusher-Seaman on alternate Mondays at the Old Road Clinic, 115 Old Road, Frinton CO13 9BX. He gave an informative speech about the massive leaps forward in hearing aid technology, also praising the Centre for always keeping abreast of developments and offering the very best quality instruments on the market. Ruth, a flautist, is profoundly deaf, but this has not stopped her carving out a musical and teaching career for herself. They had responsibility for the Excellent Customer Service category, always a hotly-contested award with the highest number of entries. Romanian-born Dr Carmaciu is the micro-suction specialist at our Colchester and Chelmsford centres, who initiated the trip.
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For this reason, a clear sound whenever the head is turned or tilted (popping noise in neck) can be heard. And whenever popping in neck happen, gas or fluids within the joints around the neck area are released. But one must realize that this isn’t a good habit; and because it does more harm than good, it should actually be stopped immediately. For these reasons, immediate medical help is necessary in case sharp neck pain after a loud popping sound happened.
When this occurs, the pressure drops within the synovial fluid which causes the small amounts of air dissolved within the fluid to come together and form bubbles.
There may be some logic to this in that people with overall bad habits and lots of stress may have increased cortisol production and the accompanying negative effects such as poorer recovery.
If you have joints that are particularly lax (meaning “double jointed” in laymans terms), it may not be a good idea to crack your knuckles. The general solution with lax joints and clicking in the knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders is proper strength work.
This occurs because sitting back shifts the weight distribution of the squat towards the heels will keep the shins upright thus decreasing the torque on the patellofemoral complex and the engagement of the hamstrings will help negate excessive anterior gliding of the femur. Thus, it is very easily destabilized by problems with posture, biomechanics, mobility and muscle imbalances.
Correct assessment of posture, biomechanics, mobility and muscle imbalances should be initiated through proper strength, mobility, and soft tissue work.
If you would like to provide more I may be able to make a guess, but your best bet is to talk to a physical therapist about that issie. When i extend my right arm fully and turn only the wrist, i can feel a sound in elbow (very minimal no pain).
Wrists can be a bit tricky to deal with as there’s a lot of bones and joints in that area. However for my knees the condition is better yet everytime I leave me knees immobile for a long time, like laying on my bed for a long they seem to give a painless crack.
The 1470°C temperature applies only if you are starting with pure quartz and converting it to cristobalite. Why the cristobalite forms at temperatures below its temperature of stability is one of the interesting quirks of the crystallization phenomena.
The liquid phase can only dissolve a certain amount of silica, depending upon its overall chemistry.
The cooler outside wall has contracted more than the hotter interior, creating a tension or pulling apart in the outer wall because the interior is trying to keep it from contracting. This will increase the glass content and probably allow a lowering of the firing temperature.
Some claim that there is no difference between the use of soda spar and potash spar in stoneware bodies. However, the latter may saturate the glass composition and cause cristobalite to precipitate during cooling. Remember that small amounts of cristobalite are not bad as they provide some compression in the glaze and reduce the tendency for glazes to craze. Many of the recipients heard properly for the first time in decades, and their emotions often brought tears to our eyes. It is therefore the instant production of temporary vacuum that are filled with fluid or gas is what causes the popping sound in neck. Because constant popping and cracking in neck is usually associated with pain, it becomes a major issue in the long run. Keeping the joints strong and balanced with proper biomechanical movement will stave off potential injuries.
If i do shoulder shrugs or lunges for legs with a weight in my arms , since its fully extended with a weight, i can feel slight pain in elbow.
And finally my hips have always had a clicking sound which started 3 years ago,which happens after I move my knees perpendicular to my torso or more,or when I move my legs to the side. How the ideas presented are used to solve your problem will depend upon how much control you have over the stoneware body formulation. A stoneware body is not pure quartz but is mostly made up of clays which contain some free quartz.
Amorphous silica has a random arrangement of silicon and oxygen ions similar to that of silica glass. A small thermal expansion change means good thermal shock resistance while a large thermal expansion change means poor thermal shock resistance of the body. Tension forces are building in the outer surface and when this force exceeds the tensile strength of the body, which is quite low, a crack begins and the wall breaks.
Vitreous ovenware should have a minimum of cristobalite material present as the ware has no porous structure to block crack development and growth. The cure is to lower the thermal expansion of the body in the last few hundred degrees of cooling temperature.
The ferrous oxide melts and penetrates into the amorphous silica structure and promotes the formation of cristobalite. A reduction firing should not belch black smoke, as only the carbon monoxide present is affecting the reduction process.
My questions in the face of no medical assistance and a strong desire to reclaim my body has led me to try to exercise the affected areas after determining they were no breaks in the joints, no osteoperosis, only mild arthritis…terrific unexplained pain, Your article did affirm that this could be my solution, for which I am grateful. I still have a good amount of neck and back pain, but I am not sure why my shoulders are cracking so often. This problem is not new; it has been going on as long as potters have been firing stoneware. If the liquid phase becomes supersaturated with silica as it cools, there is a high probability that the excess will precipitate out as crystalline cristobalite.
The problem is dealt with by reducing the rate of cooling or by reducing the thermal expansion value so that it is difficult to establish a large differential of length change during cooling. Raising the thermal expansion of the glaze is another solution but it may create crazing problems that the method of lowering body expansion avoids. Brick grog is often made by crushing scrap bricks; hence, the quality may vary widely from source to source.
If iron color is important, try adding three to five percent calcium fluoride (minus 200 mesh) in addition to the flux already present. The cracking stoneware body shows a rapid increase in thermal expansion between 100 and 200°C.
He has also spent thousands of hours independently researching the scientific foundations of health, fitness and nutrition and is able to provide many insights into practical care for injuries. Only sometimes when i do shrugs or lunges with right arm fully extended with weights, i feel some pain.
It is literally any time I extend either arm for a stretch it will crack and from there it will crack after the most minor movements.
I want to ask you would doing strength and mobility training stop the clicking, and could I ever strengthen my joints even further after I get rid of the clicking in my ankles and hips?
I get plenty of rest before lifting again so im not sure why this is happening but its kinda bothering me cause i dont want to hear my joints crack for ever. A small amount of cristobalite is beneficial towards developing the proper compressive stress in the glaze to prevent crazing and increase the strength of the fired ware; only an excess causes trouble. A good glaze fit occurs when the thermal expansion of the glaze is just slightly less than the thermal expansion of the body in all temperature regions where the glaze is solidly attached to the body. This flux tends to retain the iron spots and there is a small amount of iron in natural calcium fluoride. Thermal expansion measurements of all iron-containing stoneware bodies showed that reduction firing increased the amount of cristobalite present. Most pottery books mention the cracking problem and imply that if you are careful and don't anger the "pottery gods" too often, the problem can be lived with.
The quartz expansion curve shows a similar behavior, but the transformation occurs at a higher temperature and is of a lesser magnitude than that of the cristobalite so it is less troublesome in most bodies.
The change occurs almost instantaneously by changing a bond angle between the silicon and oxygen ion when the transformation temperature is reached. If given a choice, most potters would rather have the glaze craze than pop off the surface.
The non-cracking body is a similar composition that has been modified by replacing the brick grog with calcined kyanite grog and increasing the potash spar from 5 to 10 parts by weight. The glass expansion is characteristic of a glass in that the expansion is linear up to a region just below its softening temperature. It occurs over a small temperature range in the expansion curve because it takes time for the interior of the ware wall to reach the transformation temperature.
I do think this is attributed to my love for power-cleaning, which is pretty hard on the joints.
Mullite has the ideal thermal expansion curve for a stoneware body that is to be used as ovenware.
The transformations occur upon both heating and cooling as long as the crystalline phase is present. Close the kiln door during this range, or at least don't let cooling air blow directly onto the ware. How fast the stoneware body can be cooled depends largely upon the thermal expansion behavior below 250°C (Figure 2 shows a fairly linear rate of expansion above this temperature). This does not mean that the body can be cooled from maturing temperature to 250°C in one hour. Find out the limitations of your ware and also the thermal shock limitations of the refractories in your kiln.

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