My neck started cracking. Arthritis? Any ideas?

Posted by wgatap21 @wgatap21, Jan 12, 2020

Not sure if this common but am hearing it is. Turned 70, still in pretty good shape. Out of the blue, my neck started cracking(not loud) but very often. Amazing annoying especially in a quiet room. Long story short. I went to the appropriate doctor, and she was not surprised. Took x-ray and then MRI.
Not surprising arthritis mainly. Honestly, no pain thank God. Explained the results(Good/Bad news). Not much can be done without a surgical procedure
and could try therapy. My therapist said “please don’t waste your money” and showed me a few exercises for the neck, but honestly can be done at home, to try and strengthen the muscles around the area, and appropriate posture. Wondering if anyone’s neck cracks this much out there? I mean many times all day. Solution?(Not that the Dr. was wrong! Thanks and have a good day?

@jenniferhunter, @wgatap21, Thanks, Jennifer…….I checked it out with my MFR therapist. She has been listening to those cracks and clicks for some time now. Once she gets everything loosened up in there……I can even turn my neck quietly. Chris

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@jenniferhunter, @wgatap21, Thanks, Jennifer…….I checked it out with my MFR therapist. She has been listening to those cracks and clicks for some time now. Once she gets everything loosened up in there……I can even turn my neck quietly. Chris

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unfortunately mine is dealing with arthritis. Good for yoiu. thx

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To wgatap: For many, many years, my neck has made cracking sounds at times, and is often sore and stiff, especially in the mornings. After a little exercise: Slowly move head side to side, up and down, also "rectangular" (to one side, then up, across a bit to other side, then down and across). This eliminates the pain immediately. Sometimes I do it a few times daily. It also immediately stops ringing in my ears (get occasionally). About 60 years ago, a chiropractor wanted to put a brace on my neck; I refused and did not return to him. I do so hope this message will help you and all others who are experiencing this condition. Good luck and God bless!
Nancy Guy

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very interesting…but I had an MRI on my neck and arthritis is definitely there…very difficult to eliminate without some serious surgery. Some exercise may help, but the cure is difficult I understand. Glad to hear you are doing well…God Bless

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@colleenyoung

@wgatap21 how often does your neck crack? Daily? Is it when you move a certain way? My neck cracks, rather loudly, once in a while (maybe once a month). It's quite loud and disconcerting, but I haven't pin-pointed what leads to this happening.

Are you planning to go to physical therapy to get exercises to build your neck muscles? If surgery can be avoided that would be my preference.

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It’s constant. not loud. 2 doctors. certain exercises some arthritis and slight disc problem. very hard to eliminate! thx

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HELLO YES MY NECK CRACKS ONLY RIGHT SIDE DISCS HAVE LOTS OF WEAR & TEAR AND HAVE ALSO ARTHRITIS AT THIS TIME I WILL WAIT FOR SURGERY IT GETS SORE BEARABLE HAVE HAD ABLATION 2 TIMES FOR SOME RELIEF GOOD LUCK 😉

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Yes, and the physical therapy helps so much. Do anything to avoid surgery.

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Interesting. I went tp Phys Therapy…Good guy. trying to be helpful. save $$. But he said the cracking is a tough one. Many people come to him with cracking necks and he gave a paper with 4 easy exercises. After all, I did have an X-Ray & Mri and Dr said probably more disc movement in the upper spine than arthritis in neck. But a crack 100 times+ a day. Not loud to others but to me, annoying! Just anything you remember in therapy on your neck that
helped. Thx for the response! Have a great day. JB

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