Popping, cracking, snapping, or grinding noises can occur along with the joint motion. Crepitus can occur in any moveable joint in your body. Neck crepitus is a rather common occurrence, and many people have experienced it.
What does it mean when your neck cracks a lot?
There are a few instances in which neck cracking should be a cause for concern. In addition to gas bubbles, popping or grinding in the neck can also be caused by dysfunction or damage in a cervical joint. This damage may be caused by an acute injury or by degeneration over years of wear and tear (osteoarthritis).
What is the crunching sound when I stretch my neck?
Generally, these noises are due to air bubbles forming in the spaces between the joints. They are not typically a cause for concern. However, any joint noise that occurs for a prolonged period of time or that causes pain should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
Why does my neck crackle when I rotate it?
Ligaments or tendons snapping over bones can cause cracking sounds due to sudden release of tension. Ligaments and tendons both attach to bones. In some cases, it may be possible for a moving ligament or tendon to make a snapping sound as it moves around a bone and/or over each other.
When should I be worried about neck cracking?
Neck Cracking Following Trauma or Injury This is perfectly normal and is nothing to worry about. However, if the cracking is accompanied by numbness or pain, you should seek medical attention as you may need additional medical intervention.
How do you fix a popping neck?
Treatments for Neck Crepitus
- Heat: A hot pack can relieve tension in your muscles and ease pain.
- Stretches: Stretching can relieve tension in the trapezius and levator scapulae muscles.
- Resting: Taking it easy, especially after you've been busy or doing a lot of activity, can help protect your neck from strain.