Shoulder Popping: What Does It Mean?


Do You Experience Shoulder Popping? If It Doesn’t Hurt, Should You Be Worried?

That weird sound and/or feeling your shoulder has when you move it just so. Some people call it shoulder popping, some call it shoulder clicking. It may feel strange, but if it doesn’t hurt, then it’s probably nothing to worry about…right?

Well, here’s the thing according to the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative clinic in the United Sates: true, it may not be a big deal. On the other hand, shoulder popping could be a problem that’s gradually wearing away your shoulder joint. And that is a big deal. Shoulder clicking, with or without pain, can be warning you that osteoarthritis is in your future.

Are you worried now? Don’t be, just yet. With a little reading up, you can learn about shoulder popping and when you should see a doctor about it. Let’s start right now.

Understanding the Shoulder and Shoulder Ligaments

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. This means that the head of the long bone of your upper arm is rounded so that it moves smoothly within the concave end of the scapula (commonly called the shoulder blade). All of this is held together by strong, ropey tissues called ligaments. When all these components of the shoulder are working well together, you don’t experience shoulder popping.

Ligaments are tough characters. They’re both strong and flexible. They have to be in order to connect and support joints like those of the shoulders while allowing movement. Your shoulder ligaments can take an impressive amount of stretching without tearing. But sometimes overuse, accidents, or just getting older can loosen ligaments. When this happens, the shoulder joint can move back or forth farther than they should. When this happens, one of the things that can result is shoulder popping.

In some cases, shoulder popping comes with pain.

In other cases, it doesn’t. Whether it does or doesn’t, the extra movement that causes shoulder clicking is medically known as “shoulder instability.” If it isn’t addressed, shoulder instability can lead to shoulder labral tears or the development of arthritis. Soon or later, that shoulder popping can become painful even if it doesn’t start out that way.

When to Tell if Shoulder Popping without Pain is a Serious Problem

Surprising as it may seem, most primary care doctors –and even orthopedic surgeons- have not be trained to recognize these early issues with shoulder popping. In fact, conventional medical wisdom is to ignore shoulder popping unless there’s significant pain involved. Many doctors will tell their patients to “don’t worry about it unless it becomes painful.” Imagine if this mindset was used if you developed a chronic cough: “don’t worry about it until it becomes pneumonia!”

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t visit your doctor when you begin experiencing shoulder popping. But it does mean that, when it comes to shoulder clicking, you may have to play a far more pro-active role than you’re accustomed to in getting to the bottom of the problem. So let’s examine some of the ways you can self-determine the seriousness of your shoulder popping, with or without pain.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is the shoulder popping minor to mild?
  • Is it occasional or more frequent?
  • Is the shoulder popping significant, as in “it feels like it’s chewing up my shoulder joint?”
  • Has shoulder clicking happen to you in the past, but has gone away before?
  • Have you had a shoulder “separation” in the past? A shoulder separation is one in which one or more of the ligaments that connect the collarbone to the shoulder bone have torn.
  • Have you ever experienced a dislocated shoulder? This is where the ball joint of the shoulder pops out of the socket.
  • Have you ever had –at any point in your life no matter how many years ago- an injury to the shoulder due to a traumatic accident such as an auto accident or a sports injury?

If your doctor leans toward the “don’t worry about it unless it becomes painful” attitude, be sure to point out all of the above that applies to you before you leave his office. Especially in the case of old injuries, even those decades old, shoulder popping can be a sign of progressive bone and tissue degeneration.

Don’t Play Wait-And-See When It Comes to Shoulder Popping

Of course, it is always possible that the shoulder clicking you feel isn’t a sign of something more serious. But taking a wait-and-see attitude about it can result in chronic pain and lost mobility down the road…and maybe not very far down the road, at that.

Hopefully, your doctor is one of the enlightened few who takes symptoms like shoulder popping seriously. Addressing the problem before the onset of pain can make the difference between invasive surgical procedures followed by days of recovery and painful rehabilitation, and getting right to the core of the problem with today’s more advanced nonsurgical methods like platelet rich plasma therapy.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been used for many years now to successfully treat professional athletes like LA Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Houston Rockets basketball star Stephen Curry, and Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson.

PRP therapy’s ability to repair and renew tissue, reduce inflammation, and cut recovery time significantly compared to post-surgery times made the procedure an instant darling of professional sports medicine. PRP therapy and other advanced regenerative medicine procedures like stem cell therapy are available at FDA guidelines-compliant stem cell clinics across the United States.

If you’re experiencing shoulder popping, with or without pain, it is well worth your while to find out if these modern medical methods are better alternatives for you than conventional surgery.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves, and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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