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Friday, February 19, 2010 Joe, Community Member, asks

Q: why does my arm feel like it pops out of place when i cough

why does my arm feel like it pops out of place when i cough

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2/21/10 5:59pm

Shoulders do pop alot especially around the shoulder blade. Since the shoulder blade rides against the chest wall, any sudden movements, like when coughing or sneezing, can cause a popping sensation. Joint pops are very normal. If it will make you feel better, next time you are at the doctor's office, ask your doctor to examine your shoulder. In the mean time, just remember the snaps, crackles and pops are just a normal way that the joint adjusts to what you are doing at the time. No worries.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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Elaine, Community Member
2/21/10 6:06pm

dr. lasich,

   what about painful or extremely painful pops and cracks in the joints?   my knees do it all the time.....and to be honest....i never asked my rheumatologist if it was normal.....

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2/21/10 10:16pm

If a joint pops, crackles and snaps too much, then the joint can become painful. These symptoms may indicate that there is some joint instability. Your soft tissues like the ligaments might be a bit on the loose side of life. Some people have really tight ligaments and joints; therefore, they lack flexibility. Some people have really loose ligaments and joints; therefore, they are "double jointed" rubber bands. The worst of the ligamentous laxity diseases is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This is a type of connective tissue disease that has various degrees. You should definately discuss your joint problems with your rheum. doctor.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By Joe, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/23/10, First Published: 02/19/10