its sounds liek a knuckle cracking when it happens and sometimes it hurts a little. Warming up and stretching may help if your elbow pops during push-ups. I'm used to the pain so it doesn't even bother me anymore. Continued Elbow Arthritis Diagnosis. Elbow locks up and forcing it straight results in an extremely loud pop. Elbows locking up and cracking Hey guys, I have an annoying but minor problem. Warming up and stretching may help if your elbow pops during push-ups. Snapping, cracking or popping doesn't sound good, but in most cases, it's not harmful. Elbow locking and cracking? Repeat the exercise 3 to 5 times, 2 to 3 times a day. Bend your elbow, bringing your curled fist up toward your shoulder. Exercise 2. A 45 year old, right handed bank clerk presented with pain and intermittent locking of the left elbow of 12 months' duration. this has been happening for almost 2 years now and its not hindering my progress. Similarly, elbow injuries such as a broken elbow, dislocation, fracture or elbow bursitis are caused by severe impact from falling. For some reason, randomly throughout the day, my elbow locks up and cracks when i force it to move again. The joint is often painful after locking has happened. This is a problem that surfaced a while back, talking over a year but never bothered me to the point of having to stop training.. I've played softball (pitcher) middle school, high school, and college. The doctor will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam to look for signs of swelling, redness, and tenderness around the elbow joint. Lol, For a long time, I always assumed it just happened to everyone, but I realized at least my frequency was way more than normal a while ago. Elbow dislocation occurs when the forearm bone or ulna dislocates backward out of the joint, causing immediate pain and loss of range of motion. Elbow Injuries. If my arm is it bent position and I want to straighten it, my elbow locks and then makes a cracking noise, and I do feel a little discomfort after it happens. With cracking and popping of the elbow there is usually no need for concern and it often resolves itself or you get used to the elbow popping and elbow cracking noises! The left elbow locked intermittently on movement, with self manoeuvres of the patient unlocking it. Elbow Locking. Pain was intermittent and was activity related. Cause for concern may arise if the cracking and popping is accompanied by swelling and persistent pain and you should book an appointment with a sports medicine doctor. Return to your starting position. 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