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Popping on side of neck?
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Joint inflammation
There are several cervical facets or neck joints.
In fact there are 2 at each level with 7 levels giving you a total of 14 joints. Over time these joints can "wear out" leading to degeneration and inflammation of the joint. When a joint becomes inflammed it often swells due to increased synovial fluid. When this fluid is forced out of the joint it is common to feel and/or hear a "pop".

In brief: Joint inflammation
There are several cervical facets or neck joints.
In fact there are 2 at each level with 7 levels giving you a total of 14 joints. Over time these joints can "wear out" leading to degeneration and inflammation of the joint. When a joint becomes inflammed it often swells due to increased synovial fluid. When this fluid is forced out of the joint it is common to feel and/or hear a "pop".
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