Has Your Shoulder Been Popping Lately? Let the Team at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, Office Diagnose the Cause
The sound of your shoulder popping can be quite alarming. Fortunately, while a clicking shoulder is a common problem for residents of Reno, Nevada, and beyond, it often requires either no treatment at all or very conservative treatment, especially where the popping is not accompanied by any pain. In some cases, however, shoulder popping may signal a more serious problem that requires surgical intervention.
The experts at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, office can diagnose the cause of your popping and help you formulate a plan of treatment. There are various factors that may cause a shoulder to begin making a clicking noise, including the following:
- Arthritis — Arthritis develops when the cartilage covering the end of a bone wears down. If you have arthritis in your shoulder joint, you may experience a popping noise when the rough surfaces of your shoulder bones rub against each other.
- Injury — Your shoulder may begin popping following an injury, whether it be a sudden trauma or an injury that gradually develops over time due to repeated stress on the joint.
- Labrum tear/SLAP lesion — When the labrum (the cartilage around the rim of the shoulder socket) is torn, it can get caught and cause a snapping noise.
- Loose body — If a piece of cartilage tears loose and gets caught in your shoulder, it may cause a popping noise.
- Rotator cuff tear — Similar to a torn labrum, a torn rotator cuff can cause a clicking noise if one of its tendons has a loose edge that catches on other things in your shoulder joint. The inflammation and swelling associated with rotator cuff tears may also cause popping.
- Shoulder dislocation/instability — A dislocated shoulder may make a snapping noise when your upper arm bone returns to its position in your shoulder socket.
If you’ve been experiencing shoulder popping, please call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic so that the experts at our Reno, NV, office can diagnose what may be causing the issue and help get you on the road to recovery.