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Crack Your Neck Safely
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
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
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
Depends on: Who's doing it. If you're doing it yourself, probably not a good idea, because doing it chronically will loosen your neck joint ligaments and worsen the problem. If done by a skilled manual medicine practitioner should be ok. Once in a great while, especially in older people this can lead to vertebral artery dissection. ...Read more
Possibly: I would not "crack" your neck. This could lead to damage over time. A consultation with a reputable chiropractor may be a better option for spinal manipulation. ...Read more
Yes: Your neck has 7 vertebral bodies joined to each other by 2 synovial joints. These joints contain fluid that when "forced" out can create a popping sound. This is what happens when a chiropractor manipulates the spine. If the popping is persistent on if you have pain with the popping be sure to see your physician. ...Read more
See below: Your neck has 7 vertebral bodies joined to each other by 2 synovial joints. These joints contain fluid that when "forced" out can create a popping sound. This is what happens when a chiropractor manipulates the spine. If the popping is persistent or if you have pain with the popping be sure to see your physician. ...Read more
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
When I lay down I feel like my neck always needs to crack and I can't get comfortable. What can I do?
Neck discomfort: When laying down, please make sure the bed is comfortable and you are using the right no of pillows for your neck comfort. Resting your neck too low or too high will add to discomfort. ...Read more
Cracked my neck a few weeks ago now all of a sudden it hurts very bad when I move it? What should I do?
Your neck probably resulted in some "slippage" of the vertebrae one upon the other! In most cases this resolves with ICE and rest. .. (Sometime HEAT is better and sometimes ALTERNATING HELPS!
In any case if your symptoms continue A Chiropractic physician may help but GET A REFERRAL FROM YOUR PCP TO A CHIRO THEY work with!!!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
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
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
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
Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. Ask yourself...is the 'cracking' doing anything for you??? ...Read more
Problem elsewhere: When a pt. Has to crack their own neck frequently, it is usually due to a feeling of stiffness or pressure. Strangely, the problem is actually usually found in another part of the body, esp. The lower spine. In my osteopathic practice, I often see that finding the real area of restriction, ligament inj or spasm & treating w/Manipulation, prolotherapy, or such completely stops the need to crack. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
No it is muscular: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints (the small joints of the spine-2 at each level) which stretches their joint coverings or capsules which causes a reflex relaxation of the surrounding muscles. There is no harm in you doing this. ...Read more
Neck cracking: If you are having no pain, numbness or tingling then it is likely the cracking of joints in the neck much like cracking your knuckles. If you have any of the symptoms I mentioned persistently then you ought to be seen. Now in regards to choking. I don't know in what context it was done, but it is not safe. People die when their airway is shut off doing this for pleasure or play. ...Read more