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

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
40M people helped
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. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
13M people helped
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Why does my neck crack exactly?

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

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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I constantly crack, and pop my neck, and it hurts all the time. What can I do to treat it?

Dr. Indu Lal
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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I constantly crack, and pop my neck, and it hurts all the time. What can I do to treat it?

Physical therapy: If there is no structural problem, physical therapy and acupuncture can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
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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?

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
23 years in practice
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Is it bad to "crack" your neck?

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Board Certified, Pediatrics
23 years in practice
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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. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Got kicked ar the back of my neck and heard a crack noise at that time, should i be worried?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Got kicked ar the back of my neck and heard a crack noise at that time, should i be worried?

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

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Dr. Alexandre de Moura
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Alexandre de Moura
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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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?

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?

Dr. William Patterson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
44 years in practice
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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
22 years in practice
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Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
22 years in practice
170K people helped
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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