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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 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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