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A 21-year-old female asked:

Whenever i stand up and start walking, my lower back cracks multiple times. this has been happening for around 1 month now. should i be worried?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
No just aware: 21y fem. has "multiple cracking" sounds emanating from low back as she stands and walks. There is no mention of pain. Bone/joint crepitations are characteristic of those who have joint Hypermobility Syndrome. The vertebral spine elements, the vertebrae & disks, do not generate crepitations. If concerned, see an Osteopath.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Provided original answer
JHS: More women than men are "double jointed"; benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, JHS. Ease of childbirth probably explanatory, & these women are more subject to mechanical joint injuries & fibromyalgia; as discussed on my Pain Syndrome board at Quora.com. See Brighton Criteria for confirmation of JHS.
Aug 18, 2015
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Provided original answer
If Joint Hypermobility Syndrome is suspected, then the Beighton Hypermobility Scoring System needs to be reviewed: http://hypermobility.org/help-advice/hypermobility-syndromes/beighton-score/
Aug 18, 2015

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