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When Neck Cracking Needs Medical Attention?

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While it is fairly common for cracking and grinding sounds to occur during neck movements, you might still wonder why it happens and when is it time to see a doctor. The exact reasons for neck cracking aren’t always known, however, a few common causes include pressure changes within the cervical facet joints, ligament or tendon movements around a bone or near their bony attachments and adjacent bones grinding together.

So, when is it time to visit a doctor? You plan to visit with a doctor when the cracking includes swelling, frequent and constant pain, is accompanied by a recent accident or injury, and/or after recent surgery.

To learn more about neck cracking and grinding, please visit Causes of Neck Cracking and Grinding Sounds.

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