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I'm constantly 'clicking' and 'popping' joints especially my spine. Is this dama

  1. livingabroad profile image74
    livingabroadposted 5 years ago

    I'm constantly 'clicking' and 'popping' joints especially my spine. Is this damaging my body?

  2. samque profile image65
    samqueposted 5 years ago

    If your pain is really severe you should certainly consult a doctor. If required, you may also have to undergo some tests, if the pain does not ease with just medication.

    1. yssubramanyam profile image62
      yssubramanyamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      undue force may cause pain. consulting doctor it self is voluntary declaration as a patient.

  3. Sheepsquatch profile image63
    Sheepsquatchposted 5 years ago

    You are grinding parts of your body together. It could only make added stress and wear to your joints. I believe the sound comes from fluid being popped inside the joints and it isn't as bad as many people may claim. Though, it is still extra wear on those parts of your body.

  4. adam-kash profile image60
    adam-kashposted 5 years ago

    I too crack my whole body all the time and i was actually looking into it a few days ago..
    ok, so as far as am concerned, if you feel the the need to crack your back or neck to relieve pain or discomfort, it might be an indication that there is an underlying condition..
    it's time to get help from a chiropractor, he will crack you back and neck through a series of manipulation and to be extra sure that you are ok..
    am planning to go too.. i often feel  the need to crack my back and neck to relieve the pain..
    but if you are cracking your body because of habit, i think you should stop because i haven't read a single good thing about cracking the body "and believe me i was looking  big_smile"
    studies also indicated that cracking your neck never relieves tension it actually make  worse..

    good luck

  5. maggieju profile image60
    maggiejuposted 5 years ago

    This depends on what the underlying causes are and if you have other symptoms such as pain associated with. Muscle tension can cause clicking joints. Gas released and disolved in synovial fluid can cause this, which is harmless. Arthritis is one of the causes.

  6. ComfortB profile image87
    ComfortBposted 5 years ago

    I read in some article by a Chiropractor that when you click and pop your joints, be it your knuckles, neck, back; you are actually releasing negative pressures within your joints and stretching your ligaments

    So I don't think you're damaging your body. But if you do feel pain in the process, you may need to see an expert (a Chiropractor).

  7. jimmylesaint profile image61
    jimmylesaintposted 5 years ago

    You may find your core muscles need strengthening. However you seem to imply all your joints pop and crack, in which case you probably have a slightly different make up from birth. In this instance the end of your bones which join are less "knuckled" shape and a little bit more rounded, allowing the "slipping" and ligament laxity.

    Is it damaging your body? No pal, you're fine. Some may say you are causing unnecessary wear and tear, this is pure fiddlesticks. A bit like telling athletes not to run as it causes wear and tear on the heart(ancient chinese proverb-"we only have finite number of heart beats, don't waste them excercising"smile
    Also Dr Unger spent 60 years cracking the knuckles on his left hand and NOT his right. He had no signs of arthritis or extra "wear and tear".

  8. Pamela N Red profile image86
    Pamela N Redposted 5 years ago

    Chiropractors will tell you there is no harm but then they are in the business of adjusting bones.

    I have noticed that when people start this, either with cracking their knuckles or popping their neck they find they "have to do it." Doesn't seem like a good thing to get started.

    I've read some articles that say it wears down cartilage and over time causes damage to joints.

  9. grinnin1 profile image83
    grinnin1posted 5 years ago

    I asked my physical therapist the same thing because my back always "pops" more when it is improving after a muscle spasm or problem. In that case, it is the spine realigning itself after it's been out. And the muscles are loose enough to let it do that. However, if you are "trying" to pop your back, or forcing it in anyway, you aren't doing yourself any good and may be doing some harm. So if it happens, or your back feels out and with minimal effort on your part, you get it to "pop" or mobilize and realign itself, go ahead. If you have to strain or use a lot of force, stop.

  10. arksys profile image91
    arksysposted 5 years ago

    Some doctors say it might cause swelling and with time there will be slight functional impairment, such as having less grip in your hands. Others say nothing happens.

    "Medical doctor Donald Unger cracked the knuckles of his left hand every day for more than sixty years, but he did not crack the knuckles of his right hand. No arthritis or other ailments formed in either hand" - source - wikipedia.

    so i guess there is nothing to worry about. wink

  11. mbwalz profile image89
    mbwalzposted 5 years ago

    I believe that your joints are popping in and/or out of joint. You should see a pt or osteopath. If joints are constantly rubbing together in an incorrect way, it will wear the joint abnormally and cause osteoarthritis. Also, if you have hypermobile joints, you do want to see someone about it. You might want to read my hub for some resources: http://mbwalz.hubpages.com/hub/What-is- … s-Syndrome

  12. ALUR profile image65
    ALURposted 5 years ago

    I'm not so sure but with the rise of chiropractor services, I'm sure there's no down side. I do believe however that everything in moderation is a safe bet...

  13. yssubramanyam profile image62
    yssubramanyamposted 5 years ago

    The involuntary process in our body mechanism will automatically stretch and under go same effect. it is to ease the spasm and give relaxation. i feel it as very natural and has no adverse effect. if you consult doctor, he will drain your pocket with confusing theory.