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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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