What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

Pop! Every person hears this noise when they crack a joint, whether it be the knuckles, the legs, or the shoulders. Many people also tend to get worried when they hear this noise. Is it a sign that your bones are weakening? Is it an indication that there’s something else wrong? Is the noise normal?

Rest assured that hearing the popping noise is completely normal, and it does not indicate that bones are breaking or weakening.

The noise associated with cracking a joint is usually completely normal and not a cause for concern. However, if the sound occurs with pain and swelling, it may then be an indication of an issue. Otherwise the pop or crack sound is completely natural.

Why Does Cracking A Joint Make Noise?

As people get older, their joints tend to get louder as well. Again, it is completely normal to hear these sounds, as they are a result of the aging process. As you age, the cartilage on your joints tends to wear away, which causes the surfaces of the joints to become rougher and the noises that they make to get louder. These occasional sounds, which you may notice while walking up the stairs or when getting up after sitting for a while, are most likely nothing to worry about unless you experience pain and swelling.

What Is The Sound When You Crack Joints And Why Do Cracking Joints Make That Sound?

There are a few reasons why cracking joints cause the sound that they make. If you bend slightly, you might hear a soft snapping sound coming from your knees. If you twist your torso, you may hear a cracking sound from your back or spine. That sound usually indicates that a muscle in that particular place is tight and is rubbing against the bone. The sound may also be caused by a tendon or by multiple tendons rubbing over the bone.

The noisiest sounds come from near the shoulder blades because there are so many tendons located in close proximity to the bone. If the noise from such parts tends to annoy you or becomes a cause of concern for you, you may wish to try gently stretching or doing yoga. The sound may reduce overtime. Once again, these sounds are generally nothing to worry about and are a completely natural process.

The Sound Emitted When You Crack Your Knuckles

Many people tend to crack their knuckles to loosen their muscles and tendons around the area, and because it can be a satisfying feeling. The sound which comes from cracking one’s knuckles is caused by nitrogen gas bubbles compressing and bursting. The nitrogen occurs naturally around these joints. The sound emitted is referred to as cavitation, and it simply means that the gas bubbles are being released or popped.

To avoid creaky knuckles and joints or the sounds associated with cracking, move as much as possible. Moving lubricates your body.

Joints crack naturally when we move, especially as we age. These sounds should not be a cause for concern unless we also notice pain. However, deliberately cracking one’s own joints, or even getting your friend to crack your back for you, can cause harm.

It is best and safest to get adjusted by a trained and certified chiropractor. Schedule an appointment at Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today and experience the joy of a balanced and well-adjusted body!

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

A bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc can be an incredibly painful obstacle for people to face- especially those with particularly busy lives. Those suffering from any of these conditions will likely find themselves restricted to a bed due to pain and the inability to move as usual.

When the symptoms associated with bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs occur, it’s essential to seek treatment from an expert immediately. By consulting with a knowledgeable chiropractor at the earliest signs of trouble, you can avoid further complications and damage. While many procedures for bulging ruptured, or herniated discs require surgery, this isn’t always, and non-invasive treatment methods are sometimes available.

Today we’ll be discussing in-depth what to look for in the case of bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs as well as the non-invasive treatments available to help you recover.

What Are Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs?

A herniated disc occurs when the tough outer exterior of a disc is torn, leaving the inner substance to extend through. This substance, known as the spinal disc, has a significant role in protecting the spine from damage and acting as a means of shock-absorption.

There are a variety of things that can cause disc herniation with the most common being degradation through the aging process. Another common reason for this injury is overexertion due to repeated use of the back’s muscles through heavy lifting. When all the weight of lifting heavy objects or twisting is put directly on end rather than the leg or thigh muscles, you’re at a higher risk for disc bulging, rupture, and herniation.

Non-Invasive Treatments

So what are the best means of correcting these issues aside from surgical treatments? The first step in the treatment of herniated discs is known as conservative therapy. To determine the extent of damage done, your physician may begin with this method rather than immediately jumping to more invasive means of treatment.

Conservative Therapy

Conservative therapy begins with the act of merely avoiding the activities and positions most likely to bring on the pain. While you may assume this means lying still, this is far from the case. Your chiropractor will likely give you several exercises to perform that can, in a sense, kill two birds with one stone. While practicing these exercises, you’ll be actively reducing pain while also strengthening the spine. If conservative therapy exercises fail to alleviate the symptoms associated with your condition within a few weeks, your chiropractor may recommend physical therapy to reduce further the pain associated with these symptoms.

Medications for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

As another means of non-invasive treatment, likely, your provider will also prescribe you certain anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are prescribed to effectively reduce the irritation surrounding the nerves most directly positioned around the herniated, ruptured, or bulging disc. Some medicines will be over the counter options while others may require cortisone injections- again, depending on the severity of your injury.

Minimally Invasive Options

While non-invasive treatment for bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs have been shown to deliver effective results, conservative therapy will sometimes be generally ineffective in addressing the issue.

If this is the case, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to undergo invasive surgical procedures! There are, in fact, a variety of minimally invasive surgical treatment options. With the recent developments in minimally invasive spine surgery, these procedures have been found to both minimize the trauma brought on by more traditional means of surgical treatment while also reducing the risks for a domino effect brought on by more invasive procedures.

Don’t despair if more conservative means of treatment are unavailable to you. These minimally invasive options have been found to drastically reduce recovery time, risk of complications, and incision size while also proving to be less costly to you.

Get Well Chiropractic of Northville Can Help!

If you believe you may be suffering from the symptoms of bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc, Get Well Chiropractic of Northville can help you! Our Northville chiropractor can help alleviate your painful symptoms and form a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs most effectively.

Contact our office or stop by to book an appointment today!

Improve Your Exercise Routine with Chiropractic Care

Improve Your Exercise Routine with Chiropractic Care

Regular exercise is critical to living a healthy life. We sit in our car while we drive. We sit in a chair at work, at the movies, at school. Regular exercise is what keeps our bodies—and us—alive.

Exercise requires one critical thing: movement. And if it hurts to move our bodies and muscles don’t have the full range of motion that they should, then our exercise quality suffers. You can’t do deadlifts with a bad back. Have you ever tried playing tennis with a shoulder that can’t rotate fully?

This is where chiropractic care comes in. Proper spinal maintenance can go a long way to not only reducing pain and fixing skeletal problems, but it can give your workouts a boost, so you are getting the most out of every gym session.

Pain Reduction

Do you know the old saying, “No pain, no gain”? Well, that isn’t entirely true with chiropractic care. While feeling the burn during a workout can be a great feeling, some types of pain can inhibit your performance.

It’s easy for your body to get thrown out of alignment during workouts. Muscles swell up or even get inflamed, joints and ligaments get compressed or stretched, and your spine can take a beating with all the quick moving and heavy lifting. This can create the “bad” type of pain that accompanies workouts—the kind that isn’t going to get you any gains. Proper chiropractic care regularly can help fix these misalignments, compressions, and stretches to keep all the parts of your body exactly where they should be—freeing you to focus on getting that next personal best on the track or in the weight room.

Mobility

It’s hard to lift weights if your shoulder doesn’t want to move in the direction it needs to go, sports are a no-go when your back is feeling stiff, and pretty much any movement feels nearly impossible when your neck stubbornly refuses to rotate.

Chiropractic care can increase your flexibility and range of motion so you can get the most out of each rep. Functional mobility also helps prevent future injuries from happening. It’s essential for you to have confidence in your body— knowing that it is capable of bending and twisting and folding in the ways it needs to for whatever sport you play or workout style you choose. Get Well Chiropractic is here to do just that for you.

We Can Help

No matter what activities define you, whatever fills up your day, our goal is to keep your body as healthy and adjusted as possible—ensuring you can fully enjoy doing the things you love and keep doing them for a long time to come. Give us a call today or make an appointment, we are more than happy to discuss how we can make your life better.

Is Cracking Your Own Neck Dangerous?

Is Cracking Your Own Neck Dangerous?

When your neck is stiff, there is only one thing you want: relief.

Neck stiffness isn’t unusual, and it can occur from merely spending too long bent over your desk, sleeping awkwardly or lifting something that is too heavy. Many crave the feeling of relief that comes from a quick crack of the neck (although some research has shown that this may be a psychological placebo effect).

But is Cracking Your Neck Any Good for You?

Well, it depends. If you can crack your neck by merely turning your head, you likely aren’t causing yourself damage to do it occasionally. However, if you are forcing your neck to pop or crack suddenly, you probably aren’t doing yourself a lot of good.

Cracking your neck yourself may not be the best option if you are feeling more than just “a bit stiff,” or if you are experiencing neck stiffness and pain over several days, and if this is the case you will benefit from seeing a chiropractor.

Leave It To The Professionals

A friend might offer to give you a hand with your stiff neck, but they could easily end up applying too much pressure and causing more damage than good. Only get your back or neck adjusted from a licensed chiropractor or physical therapist.

So, What Happens When You Crack Your Neck?

There are a few explanations for why your neck makes a popping sound. The first is called cavitation. Our joints contain gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen) and fluid to cushion and lubricate the joints. The sound is produced by pressure on the fluid that creates gas bubbles that pop. Cavitation can increase flexibility and ease discomfort, and chiropractors are trained in how to do this most effectively to relieve pain.

Another reason for the cracking noise you hear can be the result of ligaments and tendons moving over the joints or one another. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and tendons connect muscle to bone. Sometimes, if the ligaments, muscles or tendons supporting your neck are too tight or too loose, they will make this cracking noise when you force the tendons, muscles or ligaments to rub against your bones.

Popping your joints (neck or otherwise) releases endorphins that help relieve your pain temporarily. This release can be addictive, hence why people will often say, “but I needed to!” if you ask them to stop cracking a specific body part.

This popping or cracking noise does not necessarily indicate there has been any positive readjustment.

When is Neck Cracking Bad for You?

Cracking or popping your neck should never hurt, and you should never have to force it. If either of these things is true, then neck cracking is likely doing you harm. Your neck should not be extremely stiff or at all swollen, and if this is the case, you almost certainly have a neck injury that requires medical attention.

Be aware that constant or forcibly cracking your neck can be bad for you. There is an abundance of blood vessels in your neck that can be damaged by continuous cracking. These vessels carry blood to, and away from your brain, so forceful and constant neck cracking can increase your risk of stroke by damaging these vessels.

Another danger of forceful cracking is overextending your ligaments and tendons, which can weaken their ability to support your head throughout your life.

Can Neck Cracking Cause Arthritis?

Many people don’t like to hear someone else’s joints popping, and most of us have heard someone tell us that cracking your joints will cause arthritis. But does it? There is no research showing direct links between arthritis and cracking joints.

Stiff Neck? Neck Cracking Alternatives

Hold a stretch for at least 20 seconds, release, and repeat until you feel better.

How Do You Know if You Need to See a Professional?

If you are continuously experiencing a stiff neck or neck pain, it’s essential to see a professional who can ensure you don’t have an underlying problem that needs to be corrected. If you need an expert to help with your current or chronic neck stiffness or pain contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville to book an appointment today!