Joint Stress and Bone Bruising

I was telling my brother that when a joint starts clicking (when he feels the bones in the neck, spine, hip, or knee, etc., click on one another or clunk by one another), he should change his position in such a way that the “clicking” and “clunking” goes away. I’m not talking about an occasional clicking noise. In fact you probably won’t hear an actual noise. I’m saying that I don’t want to feel my bones clunking by one another. I don’t want to feel my joints clunk.

For example, if I am doing shoulder raises (shoulder presses) on a weight machine, and the vertebrae in my spine start clicking (or noticeably sliding, clunking, bumping, or thumping by one another), I press my head back against the headrest/seat. If my knee or hip joints start “clicking” when I am on the recumbent bike, I move the seat back one notch. And if my hip starts clicking/clunking while I am doing sit-ups, I adjust the angle of my foot and leg.

Repeated “clicking” or “clunking” of the bones in the joints leads to bone bruising, bone wear, and pain, leading to physical compensations that put unhealthy stresses on the muscles, tendons, and joints.

If an exercise causes excruciating pain, stop that exercise. If an exercise causes a joint to clunk, find another way to do that exercise.