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is it healthy to crack your back

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Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Back cracking?: You should have an examination of your back for spinal issues. I am not an advocate of :back cracking". Get an xray: one picture is worth a thousand w ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Without osteoporosis: it takes a lot of force to fracture a vertebrae - e.g. falling from a considerable height, high speed motor vehicle accident, significant direct blunt ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Back cracking: The sound of back cracking especially if you did not experience pain was probably noise from your zygapophyseal joints and not dangerous. Cavitation i ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Crack back: If done as habit, not under supervision such as physical therapy, or if have back problems, not advised.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It could help ?: "cracking" your back is not so bad at all if you are a young and healthy individual. The concern tends to be that there are some risks associated, suc ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
28 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Probably not: There is no scientific data to suggest that cracking your joints is bad for you. That said, it is probably not a good idea to repeatedly crack your j ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Crack back: If done as habit, not under supervision such as physical therapy, or if have back problems, not advised.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
17 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: Your neck has 7 vertebral bodies joined to each other by 2 synovial joints. These joints contain fluid that when "forced" out can create a popping so ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
I am not sure: The study of 300 people how cracks there fingers, -cracking was not associated with arthritis, it was associated with damage to ligaments that surroun ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It is safe but not: Very often.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
No: It will not cause any significant problems, unless you do it too fast, you may cause some muscle pain.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The biggest issue with self cutting is why are you doing it. The cutting itself can cause scarring, infection and blood loss. If you hit a major vein ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
I do not believe you: Can not possibly think its good for you, do you? Please seek advice and help promptly if you are doing this or even considering it.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Brant
25 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Causes additional irritation.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Muscle: Strenghtening exercises are usually helpful though may take a while to show benefit
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It is thought to be : Safe and benign, but if swelling or pain starts then certainly get it checked by an orthopod.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small j ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe not, but . . .: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space fro ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it is not: No there are no ill effects from it.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Crcking the neck: If the cracking does not provide any benefit for you then why do it?
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
8 years experience Dentistry
Controversial: Some will say any cracking is abnormal. I believe without discomfort it is being able to slide the upper part of your jaw over a bony structure at the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Depends on : Who's doing it. If you're doing it yourself, probably not a good idea, because doing it chronically will loosen your neck joint ligaments and worsen t ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: No, there is no problem doing this.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Potentially: If the tooth came out while you were sleeping, you could aspirate it (inhale it) and choke on it. It is best to see your dentist and get this tooth r ... Read More

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