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My back cracks a lot. Is this okay?

My back cracks a lot. Is this okay?

Ok: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints which stretches their joint coverings or capsules which causes a reflex relaxation of the surrounding back muscles giving you relief. There is no harm in you doing this. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and my back cracks a lot no pain it just cracks dose that mean anything?

I'm 18 and my back cracks a lot no pain it just cracks dose that mean anything?

Small Cartilage chng: When changes occur in the cartilage of our facet (or back) joints such as small tears or when gases escape from inside the joint capsule in can "crack." Many people say this helps their back feel better especially if they have spasm. However, If you are feeling pain when your joints pop or crack, then you should seek a health care professional. It does not appear to be dangerous at all. ...Read more

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Since having son three months ago, I feel like my back and shoulders cracks a lot when I stretch and I feel tight. What could this be?

Since having son three months ago, I feel like my back and shoulders cracks a lot when I stretch and I feel tight. What could this be?

Muscle strain: You may not be stretching as much as you need to. Stretch frequently and use different positions when you hold your baby so your muscles won't tighten up when you sit for a long time.
Try some yoga or other flexibility exercise to get back in shape. ...Read more

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Hello, I have mild spinal bifilar, and work as a cna. My neck and back crack a lot at work. When I get up in the am my back really hurts. Why?

Hello, I have mild spinal bifilar, and work as a cna. My neck and back crack a lot at work. When I get up in the am my back really hurts. Why?

Spine nerve irritate: If you have thyroid problems, that can give rise to muscle pains. You may also be lifting too heavy at work. Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spasm, the pain is usually aching, . ...Read more

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Ever since I had my baby my back has been hurting. Should I be worried? My back and chest also cracks a lot in my chest too. Should I be worried?

Ever since I had my baby my back has been hurting. Should I be worried? My back and chest also cracks a lot in my chest too. Should I be worried?

Usually not.: Back pain usually improves with exercise and core strengthening. If the back pain persists or you develop neurological symptoms such as leg numbness, pain or weakness or bowel and bladder incontinence you should see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Back hurts when I'm laying down belly up? Its the lumbar region and I haven't bruised or injured it. I crack my back a lot, could this be the problem?

Back hurts when I'm laying down belly up? Its the lumbar region and I haven't bruised or injured it. I crack my back a lot, could this be the problem?

Probably degenerativ: Don't believe that "cracking ' your back is the problem. Stretching exercises may actually be helpful for flexibility. You may actually have degenerative disc disease of lower back. ...Read more

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I'm 30 my neck and back cracks constantly I hv done a lot of general labor in past tho I hv smkd for 15 years cld this be early stages of lung cancer?

I'm 30 my neck and back cracks constantly I hv done a lot of general labor in past tho I hv smkd for 15 years cld this be early stages of lung cancer?

Not really: First you should stop smoking, you are concerned &causes cancer early lung cancers will not produce any symptoms, majority are detected in late stages when no longer curable. Your cracks may some other reason like early arthritis, etc and see your doctor. ...Read more

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My back cracks but it doesn't hurt?

My back cracks but it doesn't hurt?

Back cracks: Back crack itself is a normal. However, people with osteoporosis or prolonged sitting in one position or those lack of exercise might have more tendency of back cracks without pain at beginning. You need take vitamin d and calcium, participate muscle strength exercise to prevent pain occur. ...Read more

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Why does my back cracks all the time especially the upper part of my back?

Why does my back cracks all the time especially the upper part of my back?

Very common: Very common and nothing wrong with that, it can have to do with our posture during the day. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your back cracks often? I don't get as much exercise as I used to &it seems like my back is stiff & cracks more. Migraines also

What does it mean when your back cracks often? I don't get as much exercise as I used to &it seems like my back is stiff & cracks more. Migraines also

Usually not to worry: Back and joint "cracking" is quite common. It occurs in teenagers up to the elderly. It can represent fluid shifting in and around the joints, soft tissues moving over other soft tissues or bony prominences. Unless accompanied by pain, it is rarely anything to worry about. I doubt that the migraines are related to the back noises. ...Read more

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My back cracks all the time and it doesn't hurt or feel uncomfortable in any way, in fact I feel better afterwards but I'm worried I might be overdoing it. Is this a good or a bad thing to do?

Dr. Can check if ok: 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, a doctor can check to see how usual or unusual one's cracking is. ...Read more

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My lower back cracks when I bend over. Is this a normal part of aging, or a sign of osteoporosis?

My lower back cracks when I bend over. Is this a normal part of aging, or a sign of osteoporosis?

Normal: This is very normal, just like when people crack their knuckles. You're simply moving your joints around and that is what's creating the popping sounds. No worries. ...Read more

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Whenever I stand up and start walking, my lower back cracks multiple times. This has been happening for around 1 month now. Should I be worried?

No just aware: 21y fem. Has "multiple cracking" sounds emanating from low back as she stands and walks. There is no mention of pain. Bone/joint crepitations are characteristic of those who have joint Hypermobility Syndrome. The vertebral spine elements, the vertebrae & disks, do not generate crepitations. If concerned, see an Osteopath. ...Read more

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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

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I have lower back hip/butt pain and when I bend my lower back cracks everytime?

Multiple possibiliti: You should see your doctor for evaluation. This may be mild self-limited, or require further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi, my upper back cracks every time I try to straighten it. It doesn't hurt but it almost feels as if bones were rubbing against each other. What is t?

Hi, my upper back cracks every time I try to straighten it. It doesn't hurt but it almost feels as if bones were rubbing against each other. What is t?

Facet arthropathy: There are a number of possibilities, among the more common is facet arthropathy, which is an early degeneration of the facet joints. Facet joints are posterior joints that stabilize the spine. ...Read more

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My back cracks so often and I have a lump in my lower back (left). Also, when I lay down on my back there is a few seconds of the feeling of a pressur?

Varies: The symptoms you are describing can have multiple potential causes, but among the more common is an abnormality involving the posterior facets joints in the spine. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis and to consider treatment options. ...Read more

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15 year old girl doing sit ups, lower back cracks each time she goes down, what can prevent this? Why is it happening?

15 year old girl doing sit ups, lower back cracks each time she goes down, what can prevent this? Why is it happening?

Cracking normal: Creaking or cracking of joints is usually normal particularly if there is no pain or restricted motion. It's like cracking your knuckles. ...Read more

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Back cracks when shrugging and shoulder pops when lying on my side. Is this a sign of arthritis?

Back cracks when shrugging and shoulder pops when lying on my side. Is this a sign of arthritis?

Not Necessarily: There are multiple joints in your spine, ribs and shoulders and painless popping and cracking is very common. Just like popping the joints in your fingers, this is not harmful. ...Read more

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Is it bad to crack your back a lot I have a habbit of cracking my back everyday?

Is it bad to crack your back a lot I have a habbit of cracking my back everyday?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I crack my lower back a lot by twisting, as well as my neck. Can this be damaging and or bad?

Neck & back cracking: Deliberately cracking your neck or back on your own may not be a good idea & could potentially lead to complications. If your neck or back crack or pop simply by turning or twisting with no other symptoms, it can be lift alone. ...Read more