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Is Cracking Back Everyday Bad
No: Only if you feel muscle tightness or pain afterward. Some methods of "cracking" may utilize maneuvers that can cause injury, but the "cracking" itself is not inherently bad. The sound occurs due to gas fluctuation in the joint. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on who's doing it and why. If you're doing it as a nervous habit, then it's likely not doing you any good. If it's a do (or even a chiropractor) doing it to treat a specific problem, then it can be a good thing. Think of it like a pill. The right pill for the right thing can be good while the same pill for the wrong thing can be bad. ...Read more
Not necessarily: If your back or other parts of your body crack while stretching normally, it's fine. Do not push yourself farther than your normal range of motion. If you are trying to crack your back/neck/etc to alleviate pain, this is something an osteopathic physician (D.O.) or chiropractor can help you with. It is much safer to have a trained professional diagnose and treat you properly for joint pain. ...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: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine (the facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! ...Read more
My back has been cracking a lot, it doesn't hurt when it first cracks but hurts after until I crack it again. Is this bad?
Not necessarily: It is not unusual to have this "cracking noise" in your spine. You could have "loose" spinal musculature or a hyper mobile vertebrae. I would suggest that you make an appointment with an osteopathic physician (D.O.) who can better explain what is going on. ...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 in the neck or back as well as with the fingers. ...Read more
My back cracks way more now (when rotating torso) than in years past. Natural process of aging? Is this cracking "bad"? It feels good to crack it.
Back cracking: Typically with age we get more aches and cracking. Usually if there is no pain associated with the cracking there is no cause for concern. If you start experiencing pain you should be evaluated ...Read more
My back keeps cracking all of a sudden, sometimes every 20mins. I may have bad posture, have bad anxiety, stopped my daily gym training (3months ago),?
Because of that?: Is it painful? Or does it just crack? Every time I get out of bed....my whole body sounds like falling gravel from a wheelchair...but when that's done (about 3 seconds) I'm racing downstairs to the computer to answer these questions! I'm not sure you NEED to stop gym activities....stretching in fact, may be good for you. See your doc to make sure all's well. And then, back to the gym laddie! ...Read more
I'm cracking fingers, nick, back and some time knee. What is the bads of it? I do this too much-is it cause arthritis-if yes tell me about-how to git rid?
Ever since I was a child I've had the bad habit of cracking my bones, my neck, elbow, nuckles, wrist, back, ankle, and toes. Can this be a problem?
Not really: Although it may gross out people, it really hasn't been shown to cause long-term damage to the joints themselves. Subjectively people say their joints get stiffer when they're popped a lot, but x-rays don't usually show damage has occurred. ...Read more
Backaches are common: Back aches are a common symptom, especially as adults age, but even in teenagers. Examinations, testing, and treatments vary greatly, depending on things like the age of the patient, the story behind the pain, the patient's other diseases, or the types of back symptoms (which part of the back, what makes it better/worse, any bowel/bladder changes, any limb numbness/weakness, degree of pain, etc.). ...Read more
Wound care: What is your tetanus status? If you don't know or it has been more than 10 years, then a tetanus shot would be prudent. The lesion needs to be cleaned with warm soap & water. Can you reach the area to do that or know someone who could? If you have really dirty or thick road burn or equivalent - it would be good to have wound care done by a health care professional. Take care. Nsaid's for pain. ...Read more
Proper form: Not if you protect your lower back with a rolledup towel and use proper form. I suggest consulting with your physician if you have pre-existing lower back issues. Have your feet planted on the floor, hand supporting and behind your neck and lift up only 2-4 inches from the floor. ...Read more
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