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Went kayaking months ago now my neck pops literally every couple mins and hurts if I don't pop it. What could this be a sign of? Poss treatment options?

Went kayaking months ago now my neck pops literally every couple mins and hurts if I don't pop it. What could this be a sign of? Poss treatment options?

First suspect muscle: I would first suspect muscle, or tendon, slippage but there are other considerations we need. You will need an evaluation and imaging. ...Read more

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Why would a dr not refer a patient for pt after a neck injury w/no pain but cracking sound? Patient advised badly? Any treatment options 1 year later?

Why would a dr not refer a patient for pt after a neck injury w/no pain but cracking sound? Patient advised badly? Any treatment options 1 year later?

Neck injury: If there are neurological injuries and no pain, just a cracking sound that is likely due to the "facet" and area in the spine bone where two small ones overlap - within symptoms of pain it is not treated and usually improves on its own. ...Read more

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What does neck cracking do for severe stiffness?

What does neck cracking do for severe stiffness?

Neck cracking: Absolutely nothing in and of itself. The act of manipulating your neck or stretching to the point of a pop likely causes a reflex response that relaxes muscle spasm. The relaxed muscles likely ease stiffness. Crepitus (pops and cracks) can occur in a completely painless neck without stiffness too. I would try some exercises that keep movement painfree—mckenzie, treat your own neck ($8.32 online). ...Read more

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Tightness in the chin after neck cracking, it's getting improved but I need to know should I be worried or not?

Tightness in the chin after neck cracking, it's getting improved but I need to know should I be worried or not?

Symptoms?: If there is no problem with breathing or swallowing, you may ignore it. Try to avoid cracking your neck, it is just a habit, it does not fix anything.
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Practice safe sex. ...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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How is neck cracking any more dangerous than just stretching your neck?

How is neck cracking any more dangerous than just stretching your neck?

No pain, no problem: Cracking of your joints including the neck/back has not been shown to have any ill effect as long as in doing so it is not causing you any pain. If you have significant pain/stiffness that is adversely affecting your life/work/sleep etc...Consult your doc for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is neck cracking by a chiropractor relatively safe or dangerous? I've seen doctors on both sides, and I can't decide if I'm taking an unnecessary risk even though it may be helping me feel better.

Is neck cracking by a chiropractor relatively safe or dangerous? I've seen doctors on both sides, and I can't decide if I'm taking an unnecessary risk even though it may be helping me feel better.

Neck manipulation: High velocity manipulation can come with risks. I incurred an injury with high velocity manipulation. However neck manipulation can be quite helpful for misalignment. It is important that one's neck be evaluated to ensure that risk doesn't outweigh potential benefit. ...Read more

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Do d.O.'s do neck cracking or neck adjustments like chiropractors do (for neck tightness)?

Do d.O.'s do neck cracking or neck adjustments like chiropractors do (for neck tightness)?

D.O.s do adjustments: Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or D.O.S, are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal issues such as neck and back pain with omt (osteopathic manipulative treatment). Omt provides many options for treating diverse medical conditions and is similar to chiropractic in some ways, but also unique and can vary depending on the physician. Dos also have equivalent education and training to mds. ...Read more

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How does chiropractic neck cracking cause strokes? On the news, it said that chiropractors are a cause if strokes

How does chiropractic neck cracking cause strokes? On the news, it said that chiropractors are a cause if strokes

Manipulation: Chiropractors, osteopaths and some physical therapists can cause strokes by the violent twisting of the neck usually causing injury to the vertebral artery or by breaking off plaque in carotid artery. This is a rare occurrence as most cervical adjustments are more controlled. Let your provider if you have any dizziness during treatment as that could be a risk sign. ...Read more

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I have neck cracking and popping in my neck when I bend my head or turnit but no pain. Sometimes if I lift something my shoulder hurts so I do lift ov?

I have neck cracking and popping in my neck when I bend my head or turnit but no pain. Sometimes if I lift something my shoulder hurts so I do lift ov?

Neck cracks: Without knowing more information, for example how old are you? 20 or 80? What kind of work have you done? Run a air-hammer on a assembly line? Are you a gymnast? Get back with us with more info. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Not recommended: Neck cracking done as "head thrusts" is considered potentially unsafe and should be avoided. The academy of neurology has come out against this procedure due to high risks of artery dissection and fatal stroke which can occur. I have seen 3 cases of these consequences while in training. I advise all my patients to reconsider doing such maneuvers. Risks vs. Benefits ratio unacceptably high. ...Read more

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Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Neck cracking: The exact causes of dissection are poorly understood however traumatic events associated with sudden dramatic neck movement have at times been seen with dissection ...Read more

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Is it possible to get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Is it possible to get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Possibly: Any jerking motion of the neck can lead to carotid artery or vertebral artery dissection. I've seen them with car accidents and a rare couple of cases with chiropractic manipulation. I can't imagine that slow turning of the neck would lead to vertebral dissection though. ...Read more

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25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

Thyroxine dose: I don't know what is causing your symptoms. However, if you are truly hypothyroid, 12.5 mcg of thyroxine will not do much of anything. It is very low and will not replace what your thyroid is supposed to make. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck? MRI's and CT's of head were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck? MRI's and CT's of head were normal. Thanks.

More info: The MRI and CT you speak of were of the head. Did you have a neck imaging test?
Any pinched nerves come from the neck.
Scalp tingling is another separate issue. Need labs and more information.
Neck cracking and popping is benign and self limiting. ...Read more

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Small hiatal hernia, neck pain, neck cracking sounds when I turn my head. CT/MRI on head/brain all normal, blood normal, nodes tender, please help!

Small hiatal hernia, neck pain, neck cracking sounds when I turn my head. CT/MRI on head/brain all normal, blood normal, nodes tender, please help!

Likely arthritis: Hiatal hernias can cause neck pain, but usually a burning pain or heaviness in the neck, not associated with cracking sensations or made worse with movement. Arthritis in the neck is most likely, did the MRI include the neck? Usually treated with non steroidal drugs, such as aleve or motrin, physical therapy may be helpful. MRI of the neck should show the cause. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more