I bet that if you sit at a desk for the majority of your day you’ve had at least one episode of pain between your shoulder blades. It typically starts as a dull ache but by the end of your day it’s so nagging you can’t move your head or your arm without aggravating it more. Eventually it feels like somebody is sticking you with a hot poker right between your shoulder blade. I don’t know about you but when I’ve felt this pain it was so bad that I thought “If I get that corner on the spot I could dig it out myself.” Then I spent an embarrassingly long time trying digging the corner of the wall into the painful spot between my shoulder blade and my spine. And even after bruising myself the pain was still there. It hurt when I let my arm hang by my but it hurt if I held my arm up too high. When I turned my next a certain way and if I didn't sit exactly right I would feel that searing pain between my shoulder blade and my spine. And of course it was on the right side since I’m right handed and I had to move my right arm all day.
By the time you’re 40 year old you have at least one episode of back pain and unfortunately once you’ve one episode there is a high likelihood the back pain will return.
This is why one of the most common questions I get is why does my back hurt when I bend down?
Sammy is a 42 year old mom of 3 who started to have back pain at the end of her day. She didn’t think much about the back pain when it started, about a year ago, it was just a mild ache at the end of the day. She just stretched a little bit and by the next morning everything was fine. After a few weeks she started taking ibuprofen at the end of the day to get rid of the pain because it started to interrupt her sleep.
Slowly over time she wasn’t able to find a comfortable sleeping position; she tried to use a pillow to adjust herself at night with minimal relief. As she thought about all the times her back hurt she remembered it she stopped playing on the floor with her kids because her back hurt too much. Her back pain was like a new friend that just hung around all the time and was part of every aspect of her life.
First you are 100 % right not to do an exercise that causes a joint to pop. It’s awesome that you’re paying enough attention to your body to realize something isn't’ right. I’m glad you’re looking for ways to resolve the pop in order to strengthen your abdominal muscles. (As I pointed out I know many people don’t Iike abdominal workouts.) There can be several reasons your hip will pop while doing abdominal exercises, specifically when lifting both legs at the same time.
Having a workout partner is amazing. Good workout partners push you to be stronger, they help you keep good form, they help you stay motivated on your health journey. And you both get to celebrate y’all wins and encourage through y’all challenges.
But sometimes your workout buddy gets to be the person that annoys you enough to see the doctor that you’ve needed to see for months. At least that’s how Kay’s story started. Kay has been working out with her workout buddy for years. During the pandemic they started to walk nightly. A few months into the pandemic Kay started to limp because the back of her knee hurt when she walked.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald