How to Pop Your Shoulder


Over time, you may develop pain in your shoulder or problems moving it. Ideally, the best solution is to go to the doctor. If there is a major problem or you need surgery, your doctor is obviously the best person to decide the safest course of action.

For some people, going to the doctor is not an option. Many people know how to crack their joints and make them feel better. Most of the time, people crack or pop their fingers, knees and toes. Other than these more common joints, it is also possible to pop your shoulder. If you are struggling to figure out how to pop your shoulder, continue reading the article.

How to Pop Your Shoulder

In general, you want to avoid doing anything without asking your doctor first. You should be especially cautious about popping your shoulder. If you do it incorrectly, it could end up doing more harm than good. The shoulder is one of the most complicated joints in your entire body. The shoulder blade is known as a scapula and it connects to your upper arm bone that is known as the humerus. Basically, this joint is a ball and socket joint. It does not bend like a door. Instead, the upper arm bone moves like a ball within the shoulder blade.

To pop your shoulder, you have to bring the wrist of the correct arm behind your head. Slowly, use your opposite hand to pull the wrist as you lower your arm and pull it gently behind your back. Be extremely, extremely cautious as you do this. If you are not cautious, you can end up dislocating your shoulder and causing even more pain than you are already in. When in doubt, don’t do it and call a doctor instead.

Popping a Dislocated Shoulder Back in

If you ignored our warning, you may now have a dislocated shoulder to deal with. Again, one of the first steps that you can take is to go to the doctor and stop trying to fix this at home. We highly, highly recommend this option. If you are in a place where it is not possible to go to a doctor—such as the northern reaches of Siberia or Antarctica–, then you can try to pop your dislocated shoulder back into place. This entire process takes about ten minutes. Make sure to read through everything first before you attempt to try it on your own.

The first step is to make sure that your shoulder has actually been dislocated. If it is dislocated, it will look “wrong.” The shoulder may appear deformed, and you will most likely be in severe pain. You may have pain in your forearm, shoulder blade or the rest of your arm. Again, we strongly recommend that you just go to the doctor and get medical help.

If you cannot access medical care, then you can move on to the next step. Lie down in a comfortable position where your shoulder joint can relax. All of your shoulder joints and muscles must be completely relaxed before you can pop them back in. If you are helping someone else with a dislocated shoulder, make sure that they stop crying and moving before you do anything else.

Next, stretch your arm out toward the side. Lift your arm over your head while ensuring that your elbow is moving away from your side. If this causes pain, slow down.

Afterward, rotate your hand behind your head like you are trying to touch the back of your neck. Do not make any fast movements. Instead, be relaxed and take it slowly. Reach for the opposite shoulder once the hand is behind your head. This will make your shoulder return to its correct position. If you feel it pop back in, you will suddenly experience a drop in pain. You will be able to move the shoulder again without pain.

It is not always easy to pop your shoulder back into position. A dislocated shoulder—and trying to fix a dislocated shoulder—can cause a great deal of pain. If you are in severe pain when you try to move your shoulder, it is best to go to the doctor or an emergency room instead of trying to fix the problem on your own.

What Does It Mean If Your Shoulder Pops on Its Own?

Sometimes, you can hear your shoulder click, pop or snap. This is quite normal and is not normally a sign of any problem unless it causes pain. If you experience pain and a popping sensation, then you should go to the doctor. If you are age 35 to 60, you may hear a grating noise that indicates impingement syndrome and the inflammation of your shoulder. Physiotherapy and steroid injections may help. If the case is severe, you may need keyhole surgery.

If you are under the age of 35, clicking noises indicate that the joint is unstable and may be double jointed. For people over the age of 60, a grating, painful shoulder could be caused by arthritis. A doctor can perform tests to find out the exact cause and potential treatment options.


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