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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Neck cracks when I lift weights should I stop?

Neck cracks when I lift weights should I stop?

No pain, no problem: Cracking of your joints including the neck/back has not been shown to have any ill effect as long as in doing so it is not causing you any pain. Lifting weight basically pulls on the muscles of your neck and that can cause cracking--quite common. If you have significant pain/stiffness that is adversely affecting your life/work/sleep etc...Consult your doc for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why does my neck crack exactly?

Why does my neck crack exactly?

Joint surfaces move: 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 from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. A doctor should evaluate any pain or stiffness associated with cracking. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is it bad to crack your neck or back? 

Is it bad to crack your neck or back? 

Maybe not: 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 from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Indu Lal
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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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What could cause my neck to always feel like it needs to crack if i stretch it feels better for a sec then goes back to normal what can I do to fix it?

What could cause my neck to always feel like it needs to crack if i stretch it feels better for a sec then goes back to normal what can I do to fix it?

Neck discomfort: This is usually due to poor neck posture. Repetitive poor posture will make you neck feel, "out of line". Stretching can help. So can active range of motion exercises regularly, maintaining proper posture, using a good supportive cervical pillow. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is it bad to "crack" your neck?

Is it bad to "crack" your neck?

No: It will not cause any significant problems, unless you do it too fast, you may cause some muscle pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexandre de Moura
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Hello: I am wondering if this is a very serious condition. My neck grinds and cracks with weird noises when I turn my head from side to side. No pai?

Hello:  I am wondering if this is a very serious condition.  My neck grinds and cracks with weird noises when I turn my head from side to side. No pai?

Probably not: Just grinding and cracking can be just arthritic changes of your spine. If no pain and no neurological involvement than no treatment is required. ...Read more

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Dr. William Patterson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What causes my neck to crack?

What causes my neck to crack?

Crackling neck: This is common and may be normal response to moving the neck and forcing air to make a noise much like popping your knuckles or it can be a sign of degenerative arthritis where the bones (vertebrae) in the neck are rubbing against each other. Consult with a physician and xrays would be helpful if you are concerned and/or have pain. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Potentially: If you crack it out of nervousness, it may be a bad habit. Do not force it to crack. Increasing your stretching to the neck, forward/backward, side to side and in small circles, will likely reduce this need. Other options include seeing a chiropractor or osteopathic dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Is it ok to crack your neck a lot?

Is it ok to crack your neck a lot?

Crcking the neck: If the cracking does not provide any benefit for you then why do it? ...Read more

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