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Why does my shoulder click and pop?

shoulder pain therapy miami

Do you have clicking in your shoulders when you are reaching overhead?
Are you clicking or popping when working out?
Wondering if something is wrong with your shoulder or could get worst?

What does clicking in the shoulder mean?

I get this question A LOT…from friends, family, or anyone that finds out I help people with shoulder and hand problems! They are always asking me what does the clicking mean and should I be worried??

So I wanted to make sure to ease your mind…NO there’s nothing wrong with clicking or popping of your shoulders if it happens EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE and if there’s no pain with it. Usually just means that something like a tendon is just moving around in its’ space. If it happens here and there and with no pain, there’s really nothing to worry about. Our body sometimes makes noises. Some people even “crack” their shoulder the way they “crack” a knuckle of the finger.

The biggest tip that I can give you is that if it clicks, pops, or cracks EVERY TIME you make the same movement, that’s not good. For example, if you are working out and with every repetition, it clicks…then that is NOT good. Even without pain, your shoulder is telling you that something is out of place or there can be a specific weakness. There is a rhythm to the way your shoulder moves and if it’s clicking every time, then your shoulder is not moving well and can eventually develop into a bigger problem.

What happens over time is that certain parts of your shoulder can get tight, making that rhythm even worst. That’s when the pain can set in…and people develop an “-itis” like tendinitis or bursitis. That’s when tendons over time can tear too. One way you can stop the clicking is just to make sure you have good posture and position when reaching, lifting, or working out. So try and re-position yourself to reduce the clicking.

Would you like to avoid having trouble with your shoulder and keeping it healthy?  Stretches are GREAT….to make sure you have good motion. Strengthening is KEY to keeping your shoulders strong and pain free. Massages can feel amazing and keep you loose as well. Find out more about our Scrape ‘n Stretch service for your whole upper body to make sure you stay pain free and moving well.  It’s our style of “deep tissue massage” with tools, and paired with stretching.  We find all the “good” spots to work out in order to keep you healthy!

Is your shoulder is already painful?

Are you trying to figure out how you can get rid of the pain without pills, injections, and surgery?

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Don’t wait….with all the information that is out there now, I know it’s hard to know what to do next because there’s so much DIY stuff.  But at least find out what’s the BEST thing to be doing.

Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon.

Hoang Tran OT/L, CHT

Disclaimer:  As with all our pages, this is NOT a substitute for formal medical treatment or occupational therapy.  It is intended to inform only.  Hands on Therapy Services disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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