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Is it normal that my back keeps cracking all the time? My back is sore also. 

Is it normal that my back keeps cracking all the time? My back is sore also. 

Back pain: Cracking in your back may just be air pockets in the joints, similar to when finger joints crack. I advise following up with a doctor to evaluate your pain. ...Read more

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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),?

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

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Can cracking backs lead to hunched backs?

Can cracking backs lead to hunched backs?

No: The cracking of any joint, even repeatedly, does not cause damage to the joint. The cause of the sound is carbon dioxide coming out of joint fluid when the joint is stretched. ...Read more

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Is cracking your back everyday bad for you?

Is cracking your back everyday bad for you?

Not bad: The cracking or popping sounds heard from joints is the release o nitrogen bubbles. ...Read more

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Will gently cracking my back damage it?

Will gently cracking my back damage it?

Probably not: I am not a big advocate of "cracking" the spine, since there are occasions where after manipulative cracking where I have been consulted and have had to perform urgent surgery. Those instances are rare. I prefer to recommend back core stabilization exercises for back health. ...Read more

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Is cracking your lower back everyday bad?

Is cracking your lower 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

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Is cracking your back good in the long run?

Is cracking your back good in the long run?

No known problem: It used to be thought this would cause arthritis, but a studies show no relationship (http://www. Medicalnewstoday. Com/articles/259603.Php). It will probably bother those around you though, so it may not be good for your relationships ;). ...Read more

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I have a cracking in my upper back. I stretch alot (backbends, ect.)i have stopped doing so due to this. I have no pain. Could there be permanent damage?

I have a cracking in my upper back. I stretch alot (backbends, ect.)i have stopped doing so due to this. I have no pain. Could there be permanent damage?

Not likely: Popping within the joints is most likely caused by cavitation within the joint. This is when small cavities of partial vacuum form in the synovial fluid and then rapidly collapse, producing a sharp sound. This does not damage the joint, just equalizes pressure. ...Read more

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How bad is cracking knuckles and back?

How bad is cracking knuckles and back?

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

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Back an neck cracking problems, what to do?

Back an neck cracking problems, what to do?

See a specialist.: See a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who would begin with xrays, to determine if your symptoms are coming from any arthritis in the cervical spine, or, it could be musculotendinous in nature, and you might just need some physical therapy. ...Read more

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Can cracking your back too much cause arthritis?

Can cracking your back too much cause arthritis?

Unlikely!: Obviously there are degrees of doing this. Io suspect unless a problem already exists, that little harm will occur. As a former three year collegiate wrestler, we would do this to teamates regularly. No harm! ...Read more

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I have back pain from cracking back, what to do?

I have back pain from cracking back, what to do?

Back pain: If the back pain is occurring after "cracking" your back then the simple solution is to stop do that. ...Read more

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What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

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

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What to do if I have severe back cracking/stiffness/pain?

What to do if I have severe back cracking/stiffness/pain?

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

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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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Loud cracking down my spine when I turn my head to the right, its painful. Been happening for the last couple days?

Loud cracking down my spine when I turn my head to the right, its painful. Been happening for the last couple days?

TRY HEAT: STOP CRACKING YOUR SPINE FOR A FEW DAYS. APPLY HEAT FOR 10 MIN 3 OR 4 TIMES A DAY. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WELL SUPPORTED NECK WHEN YOU SLEEP. YOU CAN PURCHASE A C RING PILLO USED WHEN PEOPLE FLY. ...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?

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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Could hypnotherapy stop me cracking my neck and back?

Could hypnotherapy stop me cracking my neck and back?

Yes, it could work: It is certainly worth giving it a try. It is the type of thing that would be likely to respond to hypnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can cracking youe back in your early thirties be harmful?

Can cracking youe back in your early thirties be harmful?

Depends who does it: If this is being performed as part of a needed treatment by a qualified professional (do, md with extra training, dc, pt, etc) then it should be fine. ...Read more

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I have heard that cracking your back or other parts of your body, is bad for you. If so, why?

I have heard that cracking your back or other parts of your body, is bad for you. If so, why?

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

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Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Unlikely...: If your only symptom is "back cracking", then it is unlikely that the cause is cancer, especially if you have no personal history of cancer. Pain, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms in association with back problems would be more concerning. If you are worried about cancer and/or back trouble, please see a primary care doc and give all of your symptoms. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Back pain with a cracking sound when lifting objects worrisome?

Facet disease: Sounds like arthritis in your facet joints. See your pcp or a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Is back cracking harmful? Is scoliosis correlated with back cracking?

Is back cracking harmful? Is scoliosis correlated with back cracking?

Cracking: Joint cracking is most commonly due to benign pressure changes in the joints. Rarely, instability of the spine can cause popping. There is no correlation with scoliosis and it is rarely harmful. For more information visit www. ESpine. Com under scoliosis ...Read more

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What can cause warm and/or tingling sensation in neck/back after cracking it?

What can cause warm and/or tingling sensation in neck/back after cracking it?

In "cracking" it: You may be PINCHING a NERVE in your neck (at the C1-C2 levels) thus causing abnormal sensations ("parasthesias")
Hope this is helpful

Dr Z ...Read more

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My chest is cracking when I straighten my body what causes it. Also serious back pain what can I do to ease it?

My chest is cracking when I straighten my body what causes it. Also serious back pain what can I do to ease it?

A few thoughts: If cracking is in front, then ribs may be malfunctioning or have come loose from their attachments to sternum. If cracking & pain are in back, could be rib or vertebral dysfunction. If vert. Bends forward (flexes) & gets stuck, it can produce symptoms like yours. Consider consulting an osteopathic dr who is trained in treating such problems with manipulation, prolotherapy, etc. ...Read more

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When I put my head back and to the side I hear like a cracking noise when I like rool my hesd side to side I haveneck degenration. Should I worry?

No need to worry.: However you should refrain from doing this frequently if you have known degenerative disk disease of the c spine. ...Read more

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I need help. My back pain is unbearable, my lower right side aches constantly, only relief is from twisting and cracking it which I do every 20 min?

I need help. My back pain is unbearable, my lower right side aches constantly, only relief is from twisting and cracking it which I do every 20 min?

Back pain: If it is truly back pain, then the most common cause is muscle strain; in which case stretching, maintaining tolerable daily activity, otc analgesics within reason, and adequate sleep are the best remedies. However, other problems such as a kidney stone or nerve entrapment could be the cause. For this reason, evaluation by a physician is recommended given your level of discomfort. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and my back has always been tense since I can remember but recently my shoulder blades started popping and cracking when move them, pls help!!

I'm 16 and my back has always been tense since I can remember but recently my shoulder blades started popping and cracking when move them, pls help!!

Muscle tension: If these popping and cracking are painless, like when you crack your knuckles, it is probably nothing to worry about and they will go away in a day or too. If your tension in your back reflects very tight muscles, you need to learn how to stretch and or get a therapeutic (deep tissue) massage. If there is pain you should go in to a Doc. To get an exam. Physical therapy would help. ...Read more

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Shoulder blade pain and neck stiffness and cracking in the neck what could that be?

Shoulder, neck pain: Need to be evaluated, could be shoulder or neck related arithritis. ...Read more

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Why are my ankles, hips, spine, hand joints and other joints cracking?

Why are my ankles, hips, spine, hand joints and other joints cracking?

Benign: The exact reason for joint cracking is not known, but is thought to be possibly due to nitrogen bubbles releasing from the joint, or tendons/ligaments moving around the joint. Unless there is consistent significant pain or instability associated with the cracking, nothing needs to be done about it. ...Read more

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Eczema in my hands keeps on coming back, cracking ang dryness. Is there any remedy to this?

Eczema in my hands keeps on coming back, cracking ang dryness. Is there any remedy to this?

Yes: Hand eczema is not cured, but treated with a graded approach. Avoidance of irritants (hot water, detergents, soaps, solvents) and drying, application of non sensitizing moisturizers and graded application of topical steroids. ...Read more

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I was putting on my shirt then I felt cracking in my back and ended up with pain along my back right side, specially when I twist to the left?

I was putting on my shirt then I felt cracking in my back and ended up with pain along my back right side, specially when I twist to the left?

Pain: The pain could be from your neck, thoracic spine, rhomboid/scapula or shoulder. I would be suspicious of facet injury if you heard a crack. ...Read more

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Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

No! Once healed!: 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 (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! You are not causing any arthritis. ...Read more