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My Back Cracks A Lot
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
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
My back cracks a lot. I'm sitting most of the day and when I get off and walk and I bend back my whole back cracks. Is that ok?
No problem: As long as you have no pain with this, it is not a problem. ...Read more
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
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
Very common: Very common and nothing wrong with that, it can have to do with our posture during the day. ...Read more
Mylower back cracks on its own accord mostly noticeable when I turn in bed but itdoes happen at other times.
Normal: If cracking is not associated pain in back or legs then it is normal. ...Read more
I broke my back a year ago, my back cracks all the time and in one position it hurts alot when I crack it but feels better after, is this bad?
Hard to say: I would schedule a followup appointment with your doctor just to ensure everything has healed in a good position. ...Read more
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
My back cracks like 24/7 without me purposely cracking (for example, putting my shoulders back, or getting into a straight posture). I'm only 15. Help?
Joints can make nois: Nothing seriousGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
When I bend over n shower my back cracks. Feels painful but feels as if it relieves pressure. Feel like I breath better also?
Ok. Question?: Consider going to a chiropractor.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Is it normal to feel spine shift slightly when back cracks. Also does this cause height loss? For context I don't have any back problems I'm aware of.
Back cracks: This sounds very suspicious. What did you do before this happened? It doesn't sound great. Better see your PCP about this. ...Read more
Multiple possibiliti: You should see your doctor for evaluation. This may be mild self-limited, or require further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
When I take a deep breath my back cracks. No pain. But im 20yr old and I've never had this before. Also wrists have been cracking alot help docs?
Totally normal: The cracking is just gas bubbles popping in the joint fluid. Nothing to worry about, esp. Without any joint pain. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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