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Is it bad to crack your back (spine)? I stopped doing it for a while and my backs hurts much more now.

Is it bad to crack your back (spine)? I stopped doing it for a while and my backs hurts much more now.

No: It is really not bad to crack your back. It is felt to be a similar phenomena that occurs when people "crack" their knuckles. The facet joints are small joints in the posterior aspect of the back and there are two for each level. These are the most common structures that are involved when someone "cracks" their back. Sometimes doing this can relieve a feeling of pressure or pain.

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Hi, my nephew jumped on me unexpectedly, he clung on to my neck so I was forced to bend backwards and I felt my back crack, now really hurts?

Hi, my nephew jumped on me unexpectedly, he clung on to my neck so I was forced to bend backwards and I felt my back crack, now really hurts?

Likely: Back strain. Limit your activity and apply warmth or cool packs. If you are able take Tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis or Ibuprofen as often as recommended. If you fail to get better or have and symptoms of extremity pain or weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control, be seen. All the best and gentle activity only.

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Is my spine misaligned? After someone lifted my back, I heard a crack and now my back feels sensitive and tender but my back does not hurt.

Is my spine misaligned? After someone lifted my back, I heard a crack and now my back feels sensitive and tender but my back does not hurt.

Probably not: If you feel fine, you are probably fine. Chiropractic manipulation a often create an audible pop which releases spasm and improves alignment!

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Someone landed on my head during sports and my neck cracked. Now my middle back/spine hurts. Is this normal?

Someone landed on my head during sports and my neck cracked. Now my middle back/spine hurts. Is this normal?

No: No, I would not say that is normal. Although it could splu represent a simple soft tissue injury that can quickly resolve, I would recommend being seen and having at a minimum an X-ray to rule out something more serious.

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On 9-26-12, my neck was injured and I heard it crack. The pain is getting worse after a sprained neck was diagnosed. Jaw and back now hurt. Why?!

On 9-26-12, my neck was injured and I heard it crack. The pain is getting worse after a sprained neck was diagnosed. Jaw and back now hurt. Why?!

Need workup: Neck pain which radiates must be diagnosed properly. No quick answer. An MRI may be helpful. The jaw must also alert to possible temporo mandibular joint injury.

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I have cervical disk disze and it started in my neck my 4th disk in my neck cracked like 3 years ago I had a MRI and now my upper middel back hurts?

I have cervical disk disze and it started in my neck my 4th disk in my neck cracked like 3 years ago I had a MRI and now my upper middel back hurts?

See your doc: You could have spinal disk disease lower down. You should probably see your physician if your upper/middle back pain does not improve within a few days/weeks.

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I jumped on a trampoline, backflip. I landed on my head and neck cracked. Now the spot between my spine and right wing bone hurts. What's wrong?

I jumped on a trampoline, backflip. I landed on my head and neck cracked. Now the spot between my spine and right wing bone hurts. What's wrong?

Neck pain and Fall: A number of things could have happened; most importantly, have yourself evaluated by a qualified physician you trust, which should probably include imaging with x-rays and an possibly an mri. From our distant perspectives online it is hard to determine what the exact reasons are, but if you still hurt and had appropriate trauma, find a local doc... And be careful!

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Hurt rib 3d ago box. Got X-r, nothing, ER said maybe crack. Back pain near spine lowest ribs, yesterday receded for 6 hours after popping sound, now pain again started during laying in bed. Is it dislocated, treatment?

Hurt rib 3d ago box. Got X-r, nothing, ER said maybe crack. Back pain near spine lowest ribs, yesterday receded for 6 hours after popping sound, now pain again started during laying in bed. Is it dislocated, treatment?

Yes: What you are describing is pretty "classical" for subluxing (partial dislocating) ribs at the posterior cartilage connection with your spine.
UNFORTUNATELY you cannot "splint" your chest (you need to breathe / cough. If the pain is severe an injection may be helpful!
Consult your PCP (Primary Care Provider =) for hands on diagnosis and treatment!

Hope this helps
Dr Z

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Dizzy alot yesterday had a panic attck but now today had headaches and the back of my neck feels sore and almost weak try to crack but bones hurt?

Dizzy alot yesterday had a panic attck but now today had headaches and the back of my neck feels sore and almost weak try to crack but bones hurt?

Interesting: Your doctor would need alot more information, and perform a physical as well as check your vital signs. Dizzy, panic, neck sore, headache, and weak make me wonder about hypotension; neurocardiogenic syncope; and migraine, but there is no way to be more sure without a careful history and exam. Please don't hesitate to seek help!

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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.

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Why my back hurts so much like it feels it wants to crack. (37wks pregnant)?

Why my back hurts so much like it feels it wants to crack. (37wks pregnant)?

Muscle strain: The strain on your back from late in the pregnancy is a likely cause. Some gentle pregnancy yoga might be helpful. You should discuss this with your primary medical provider or specialist

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Why does my back crack and hurt when I lie down flat?

Why does my back crack and hurt when I lie down flat?

Surface tension: You are breaking the surface tension of the synovial fluid in the intervertebral articular joint spaces...

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My neck cracked and now it hurts to move it, what could have happened?

My neck cracked and now it hurts to move it, what could have happened?

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.

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Is it bad to crack your back I've been doing it a lot recently and now my back is killing me?

Is it bad to crack your back I've been doing it a lot recently and now my back is killing me?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist.

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I have a backbone injury from a fall. And there is a crack in my backbone. What shall I do now?

I have a backbone injury from a fall. And there is a crack in my backbone. What shall I do now?

Coccygodynia: Ouch! These can be quite painful. Minimizing pressure on the tailbone by using a doughnut cushion and nsaids may help. Depending on severity of the "crack", an orthopedic consultation may be needed. Sometime the pain can become chronic and inteventional management technique or surgery may be needed.

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Cracked my neck a few weeks ago now all of a sudden it hurts very bad when I move it? What should I do?

Cracked my neck a few weeks ago now all of a sudden it hurts very bad when I move it? What should I do?

'Cracking": 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

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As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

Follow-up needed: This could be due to muscle spasms caused by picking up something. Try warm compressess and showers, and over the counter pain relievers. If not better or getting worse go to an Urgent Care center or see your Physicain.