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Could you pop your back and puncture your lung?

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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Highly unlikely

You would have to break something that would then have to puncture the lining of your lung.

In brief: Highly unlikely

You would have to break something that would then have to puncture the lining of your lung.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. David Weissman
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Pop and puncture?

The "popping" of the back is like "cracking" of the knuckles.
It is a sound people hear when they manipulate their back and bubbles in the synovial fluid in the joints of the spine pop and release gas. "Puncturing" of the lung is really a puncture of the pleural lining AROUND the lung, causing the lung to collapse. This is called a PNEUMOTHORAX.

In brief: Pop and puncture?

The "popping" of the back is like "cracking" of the knuckles.
It is a sound people hear when they manipulate their back and bubbles in the synovial fluid in the joints of the spine pop and release gas. "Puncturing" of the lung is really a puncture of the pleural lining AROUND the lung, causing the lung to collapse. This is called a PNEUMOTHORAX.
Dr. David Weissman
Dr. David Weissman
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Dr. Matthew Horn
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Punctured lung

There are only two real ways you could puncture along by popping your back whatever that really means.
Sometimes patients can develop a punctured lung what is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if they cough very very vigorously. Another possibility is if a patient should cough hard enough to fracture a rib this to can cause a punctured long by a very different mechanism. Most likely the pain you feel after popping your back his musculoskeletal especially if you're not short of breath.

In brief: Punctured lung

There are only two real ways you could puncture along by popping your back whatever that really means.
Sometimes patients can develop a punctured lung what is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if they cough very very vigorously. Another possibility is if a patient should cough hard enough to fracture a rib this to can cause a punctured long by a very different mechanism. Most likely the pain you feel after popping your back his musculoskeletal especially if you're not short of breath.
Dr. Matthew Horn
Dr. Matthew Horn
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