What’s that popping? I love to crack my knuckles!!! Luv, luv, luv it! Somehow it seems to relieve stress…relax me. I love a good neck crack too.
The popping and cracking that I don’t luv, luv, luv is in my hip and sometimes my knees…during spin class. Not every spin class but on occasion. Oh and have you ever had the sensation that your elbow is going to crack or pop but it takes a few movements before it finally does? It’s kind of like needing to burp but you can’t. This has happened to me a couple of times when I’m lifting weights and it’s always such a relief when I finally feel and hear the pop.
After a popping session tonight in spin class I decided to do a little googling to figure out what the heck is going on with my hip and knee joints. One article suggested warming up before working out…duh!
A couple of sites attempted to explain the popping sounds. I found a website that explained it in laymen’s terms. Here’s an excerpt:
Escaping gases: Scientists explain that synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you pop or crack a joint, you stretch the joint capsule. Gas is rapidly released, which forms bubbles. In order to crack the same knuckle again, you have to wait until the gases return to the synovial fluid.
Movement of joints, tendons and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. You may hear a snapping sound as the tendon returns to its original position. In addition, your ligaments may tighten as you move your joints. This commonly occurs in your knee or ankle, and can make a cracking sound.
Lovely…fluids that lubricate my joints that contain gases. I’m still going to crack my knuckles but I’m going to try real hard to forget about the fact that I’m releasing gases.
All the articles I read agree…no pain, no worries. Nope I do not have pain…just cracking and popping. A couple of the articles did site that the popping could be an indication of stress on the joint (that’s popping).
My hip and knee spin class popping is intermittent and never painful. I always stretch and warm up before class…so for now, I’m going to believe google and I’m not going to worry about it.
Now if I could just get my neck to crack…life would be good. 😉
Until tomorrow! Kathi