Elbow Locking. I've had this problem for a couple of years, but now it's happening more frequently. I've played softball (pitcher) middle school, high school, and college. Elbow dislocation occurs when the forearm bone or ulna dislocates backward out of the joint, causing immediate pain and loss of range of motion. Warming up and stretching may help if your elbow pops during push-ups. Repeat the exercise 3 to 5 times, 2 to 3 times a day. The joint is often painful after locking has happened. 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. Elbow Injuries. The left elbow locked intermittently on movement, with self manoeuvres of the patient unlocking it. Elbows locking up and cracking Hey guys, I have an annoying but minor problem. its sounds liek a knuckle cracking when it happens and sometimes it hurts a little. For some reason, randomly throughout the day, my elbow locks up and cracks when i force it to move again. When this happens the joint gets stuck until the loose body moves. Snapping, cracking or popping doesn't sound good, but in most cases, it's not harmful. Elbow locks up and forcing it straight results in an extremely loud pop. Return to your starting position. 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! Warming up and stretching may help if your elbow pops during push-ups. Elbow Locking is a mechanical problem where loose bodies (fragments of bone or cartilage) move around inside the elbow joint and get caught between the moving parts. A 45 year old, right handed bank clerk presented with pain and intermittent locking of the left elbow of 12 months' duration. For about a year my right elbow started to lock in place and it hurt if I tried to unlock it, and when i did it made a popping cracking sound, now my left and right arm are doing it, I play golf once in a blue moon but I dont think that it would cause it , i dont know whats wrong with my elbow but i dont want it to turn into arthitis Thank Continued Elbow Arthritis Diagnosis. I'm used to the pain so it doesn't even bother me anymore. Exercise 2. Pain was intermittent and was activity related. 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.. 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. Similarly, elbow injuries such as a broken elbow, dislocation, fracture or elbow bursitis are caused by severe impact from falling. 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