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My back cracks a lot

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Ok: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints which stretch... Read More
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: It is really not bad to crack your back. It is felt to be a similar phenomena that occurs when people "crack" their knuckles. The facet joints are s... Read More

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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
See below: you need to do your passive exercises daily to loosen yourself up. Stop cracking the back or like when people do that with their digits the digits get... Read More
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Need more info: My advice is to consult with an osteopathic physician (D.O.) who is well trained to help you in this instance.
Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Small Cartilage chng: When changes occur in the cartilage of our facet (or back) joints such as small tears or when gases escape from inside the joint capsule in can "crack... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 23 years experience
No problem: As long as you have no pain with this, it is not a problem.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Muscle strain: You may not be stretching as much as you need to. Stretch frequently and use different positions when you hold your baby so your muscles won't tighten... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Chu
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 50 years experience
Spine nerve irritate: If you have thyroid problems, that can give rise to muscle pains. You may also be lifting too heavy at work.Spinal nerve root irritation always cause... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
No but you should: Look to get your core musculature back in condition by getting back into regular exercise regimen. The cracking sensation is harmless.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shelly Ludwig
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Probably degenerativ: Don't believe that "cracking ' your back is the problem. Stretching exercises may actually be helpful for flexibility. You may actually have degenerat... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
I hope you: Have quit smoking and tobacco. Your neck cracking, if related to lung cancer, would be advanced, but it is more likely to be non-cancer. This needs a ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 years experience
Back cracks: Back crack itself is a normal. However, people with osteoporosis or prolonged sitting in one position or those lack of exercise might have more tenden... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Very common: Very common and nothing wrong with that , it can have to do with our posture during the day.

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