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A 49-year-old member asked:

could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

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Dr. Alberto Gonzalez
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Dissection: Yes, one of the most common reports is of visiting chiropractor 1-2 days prior to symptoms developing.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Neck cracking: The exact causes of dissection are poorly understood however traumatic events associated with sudden dramatic neck movement have at times been seen with dissection

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

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Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Possibly: Any jerking motion of the neck can lead to carotid artery or vertebral artery dissection. I've seen them with car accidents and a rare couple of cases with chiropractic manipulation. I can't imagine that slow turning of the neck would lead to vertebral dissection though.

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