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Is cracking your own neck a dangerous habit?

Is cracking your own neck a dangerous habit?

Neck cracking: Yes, but not usually as long as it give relief. Over correction of the same method can produce hyper mobility and laxity of ligaments. ...Read more

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Is it bad to crack your joints? Like fingers, wrist, neck and your back?

Is it bad to crack your joints? Like fingers, wrist, neck and your back?

Occassionaly: Pronbably best not to make this an habitual activity. The sound comes from the edge of one bone ridding over the other and repetitiveness might induce unneeded wear. ...Read more

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Will jaw cracking or always putting pressure on it change the way your jaw/face looks?

Will jaw cracking or always putting pressure on it change the way your jaw/face looks?

No, but: No but cracking of the jaw suggests a TMJ or jaw joint problem. If you're doing it as a habit. you're destined for jaw problems. See TMJ expert for advice. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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Can u to crack your coccyx (sacrum) like you crack your knuckles?

Can u to crack your coccyx (sacrum) like you crack your knuckles?

Let us correct: Things, there is difference between sacrum and coccyex, the sacrum on the top of coccyex, no you can not crack them. ...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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Jaw joint on right side keeps popping whenever opening and have limited jaw opening. Will this go away on its own or is there conservative treatment?

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Jaw joint on right side keeps popping whenever opening and have limited jaw opening. Will this go away on its own or is there conservative treatment?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck clicking and popping, difficulty to swallow, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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Vertigo spell from clenching teeth/leaning on hand at desk. As soon as I change position of jaw or remove hand the vertigo resolves. TMJ? Jaw pops sum

Vertigo spell from clenching teeth/leaning on hand at desk. As soon as I change position of jaw or remove hand the vertigo resolves. TMJ? Jaw pops sum

Displacement: You may have some joint dysfunction. Vertigo associated with TMD is not uncommon. 2 suggestions: 1) See your Dentist to evaluate your joints and your occlusion. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be in order, and 2) Stop leaning on your hand. ...Read more

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What causes your elbow joint to crack when you try to hyperextend your arm?

What causes your elbow joint to crack when you try to hyperextend your arm?

Normal anatomy: It's normal anatomy and physiology for this to happen, especially as we get older. Not to worry. ...Read more

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Can your heartrate be raised by TMJ or tightness in your jaw? Feel the need to grimace, smile teeth, and jut jaw forward, up down to release tension

Can your heartrate be raised by TMJ or tightness in your  jaw? Feel the need to grimace, smile teeth, and jut jaw forward, up down to release tension

TMJ: Sounds like your jaw locks on you where you have trouble opening? Do you hear popping or clicking ; any pain when you open and close or when your chewing? See dentist for TMJ evaluation and have your bite checked. Typically it's not associated with increased heart rate but if you get radiating pain on the left side you should see your physician to check your heart. ...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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Igot a dental cleaning procedure and my head jaw neck and ear hurt.The pain gets worse when putting my head up or down?I can't open my jaw it to sore?

Igot a dental cleaning procedure and my head jaw neck and ear hurt.The pain gets worse when putting my head up or down?I can't open my jaw it to sore?

TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, headache, neck pain and jaw pain are common symptoms of TMD. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and evaluation. ...Read more

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Help please! could bone spurs in the shoulder go away on their own?

No. Only way they --: Can be gotten rid off is with surgery, which you might need, depending on what symptoms the spurs are causing? Consult your orthopod. ...Read more

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If you pressed on your nose bone, the middle (anyplace ) will it break?

If you pressed on your nose bone, the middle (anyplace ) will it break?

Nose Trauma: The nose is primarily made of cartilage which is very flexible. Just pressing on the nose is unlikely to cause serious damage. On the other hand if someone punches you in the nose, or you fall on your nose it can cause a break that would require medical treatment. ...Read more

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Fell backwards upside down on back of head. Heard noise in neck upon impact. Lot of neck pain, but can move neck and do activities. Rest or go to doc?

Fell backwards upside down on back of head. Heard noise in neck upon impact. Lot of neck pain, but can move neck and do activities. Rest or go to doc?

Go to doc asap: The neck is one of those areas in which you could cause significant damage to the spinal cord if a fracture goes untreated. I am assuming all of the weight of your body fell in top of your neck which is not a good thing. You need plain films and additional flexion and extension views to rule out a listhesis/slippage. CT and/or MRI might need to be considered if there is suspicion for fracture. ...Read more

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If you constantly bite your teeth together or clench is bad for your teeth, will they eventually crack and fall out?

If you constantly bite your teeth together or clench is bad for your teeth, will they eventually crack and fall out?

Not fall out: Teeth fall out due to loss of gingival and bone support. Clenching and grinding your teeth does cause cracks in your enamel, which if join together, can cause large parts of the tooth to break off. Teeth can also fracture vertically and then have to be extracted. Clenching/grinding can also cause the biting surfaces to wear down until only the dentin is remaining. ...Read more