Wrist Tendonitis with Cracking noise on my Wrist?!?

by Ervin Alvarado
(Salinas, PR)

Hello, I've had tendonitis for a long time, probably since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now).

I was really into working out but about a year ago I had to stop all excersices that required my left arm. :(

From time to time my wrist cracks and it hurts if I press on a particular spot of the wrist.

I really want to go back and hit the gym but I can't.

What should I do? Thanx


Joshua Answers:

Hello Ervin.


1. So...you had lingering, annoying pain since you were a teenager? Describe how those years went, symptom-wise.

2. Why do you think you got Tendonitis when you were a teenager?

See: What Is Tendonitis?

3. Did you have an injury and that started it, or?

4. Overall health?

5. Any pain/problem other than the left arm?

6. Describe in great detail symptoms in your left arm. Where, when, how what helps what hurts, duration, etc.

7. Where is the spot that hurts when you press on it? Is that the only place that hurts when you press on it?

I wouldn't worry about the cracking. Muscles are too tight compressing the wrist joint, so when you move it, the joint can't move smoothly.

Everybody cracks to some degree or other. It's not optimal, it's a good clue, but I wouldn't worry about it at the moment.

I'd worry about other things....

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Jun 14, 2014
Wrist cracking feels good but now a knot forming under my wrist
by: PaulAnonymous

My wrist has popped and cracked for years. Lately a knot has begin to form under my wrist which seems to go into my hand I also experience some tingling and numbness.

Popping my wrist seems to alleviate the discomfort.


Joshua Comments:

Well, that's the think with cracking one's joints...it feels good momentarily.

But there's a reason that the joints are compressed enough such that they pop/crack....structures are too tight and pulling them joint together.

Jun 18, 2014
As I flex my left hand, a strange crunch sound form my left hand tendon is heard.
by: Hamza

Hi! I have been suffering from a strange problem (for me) for about 3 to 4 years. I am 16.

Whenever I flex my left arm, a strange crunch sound is heard from the tendon of left hand. So please its my request to tell me that what should I do in order to get rid of it.


Joshua Comments:

Hello Hamza.

The short answer is, you need to find the too tight muscle/connective tissue structure(s) that are shortening when you flex your left arm, which is causing the tendon to basically grind on other structures in the wrist.

Then you need to massage that too tight structure so it will loosen up and relax and give that tendon some 'slack', or more looseness.

See Related: Cracking Sound And Pain In Wrist In 15 Year Old Basketball Player

Mar 16, 2017
Tendonitis (BOTH wrists) with cracking noise (left)
by: Ella

I started to feel pain in both wrists 4 months ago (after a period of intensive exercise as a drummer combined with writing a paper on a laptop for university). I stopped doing these activities and actually wore two splints all day. Very strong anti-inflammatory drugs did not help much.

My ergotherapist recommended isometric excercises and massage of the connecting tissue. This certainly brought alleviation of pain. However, it did not stop entirely: working on the computer still causes my forearm (and thumb) muscles to fatigue after a short period.

Also, activities that include lifting up everyday objects (e.g. a pan, open a window/door) still cause pain in my wrists. Perhaps the worst symptom I experience ALL THE TIME is a loud cracking noise while turning my left wrist outward. It is particularly disturbing since I am left-handed.

What should I do? Cracking my wrist by turning it outward may alleviate my pain for a moment but is it really wise to do it often? What do you think about the excercises recommended by the ergotherapist - how long does it take until they have the desired effect?

Many thanks in advance!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ella.

I can't speak to how long it will take for the ergotherapist's recommendations to help, or if they'll help at all. It seems that they haven't so far.

1. The cracking is caused by your muscles and connecdtive tissue being too tight and thus compressing the joint. Thus the parts of the joint can't move in their regular groove/range of motion.

The 'crack' happens when you move your joint and to try to get to where it has to go it has to 'pop' over something to get there (basically).

It's not particularly wise to do that often, and it's definitely in no way a fix nor a form of 'relief'.

2. Your muscles fatigue because your muscles are working too hard 24/7 so they're already fatigued when you start to work etc.

Contraction = shortness. Then connective tissue shrinkwraps down around that shortened muscle and traps you short.

And it's all down hill from there.

See: Pain Causing Dynamic

Multiple factors are at play. If you don't fix all the factors (don't address them enough, or don't address one or more of them at all) then you'll continue to have pain and problem.

I of course suggest Reversing Wrist Tendonitis, as it tells you have to eliminate the negative factors and get your wrist/forearm/etc back to working order.

Jan 02, 2018
Cracking Wrists
by: Anonymous

Hello I’m 14 and it’s been about 2-4 months that I’ve been dealing with my wrists cracking and crunching when moving them around in circular motions to an extent where it would hurt on some specific point of my wrist. I don’t know if this is normal since I’m still growing but i need help and answers thanks.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

1. Read this entire thread.

2. Follow the links and read those pages too.

3. Then come back with any questions you may have.

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