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Crack Your Neck Safely
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends...: If you had any serious damage done by this kick, you will have pain on moving your neck front down and back and side ways. If the pain is not severe then you do not need to be worried. Any bone crack or fracture will cause severe pain which will be made much worse on moving your head up or down and sideways. Then you will need a medical check up. ...Read more
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?
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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