Just wondering is years of cracking my neck could damage it? I have been doing it since I was 15, now 24 so 9 years. The past 3 it has been getting worse and worse and now I have a constant clicking sound in it. I also get some bad pain. I had an x-ray done a year ago and it didn't show any damage. Ice helps and using a tennis ball relieves the pressure and some pain but it comes back. Anyone have any ideas on what it could be? I don't have insurance yet (should have it in a month) but I do want to see a chiropractor and get it checked out.
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Mine seems to come and go but when its here it stays awhile which makes me think its not my spine in my neck but the ligaments. I get occipital pain and headaches with it as well.
I noticed this as well. Its hard not to crack it. If I don't it gets really stiff. I been using ice to keep me from cracking it. Sometimes all I do is turn my neck and it cracks though.
Chiropractors in all the states I'm aware of do have to be licensed. An experienced, skilled and knowledgeable chiropractor can do a world of good. The best way to find a good chiropractor is through your friends and the chiro's good reputation.
Pamela, I agree with badegg. Chiropractorss are NOT medical doctors. An MD diagnosis of what's wrong (if anything) should be a first step, the MD can refer her to a good-for-her-condition chiro, phys. therapy, meds, or even surgery.
There are Chiropractors out there with MD licenses. They are able to do x-rays, prescribe pills, ect. like regular MD's. I am going to have to go to a standard MD with my insurance anyways to get a referral. I think I damaged me ligaments not spine.
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