What’s the Reason for Back Cracking?
Some people intentionally make a twisting motion to crack their back when they need to relieve some tension. Other people simply get out of bed or stand up from a sitting position and feel their back crack. There’s no single reason why your back pops and cracks all the time. The only consensus medical professionals conclude is it’s not necessary to visit a spine care center to have it checked out unless there’s some sort of lower left back pain associated with it each time. So what are the possible reasons why your back cracks so frequently? Here are some considerations.
Possible Causes of Back Cracking
Most people are surprised to learn the most likely reason why your back cracks so often is due to tiny gas bubbles popping between the facet joints of your vertebrae. Each facet joint has a fluid-filled capsule to lubricate the vertebrae. When you move, bubbles within these capsules form and pop, which sounds like a cracking or popping sound.
Ligaments, tendons and deteriorated cartilage can also be reasons why your back cracks. Tightness in the muscles can make your ligaments rub against each other and make a popping noise as a result. Sometimes deteriorated cartilage is the reason for your back cracking since the result is your bones rubbing together to create the sound. As potentially painful and uncomfortable as this sounds, most situations do not merit a visit to a spine care center.
When Should You Be Concerned?
Most of the time if there is no pain associated with your back cracking, then you don’t have anything to worry about. Pain could be a sign of a larger issue, including joint dysfunction, deteriorated capsules, cartilage or ligament damage or even a bone fracture. You’ll know when it’s time to visit an active spine care center since the pain can alter your quality of life significantly.
Cracking Your Back May Relieve Back Pain Temporarily
Since no scientific or medical evidence suggests cracking your back leads to issues later on, feel free to do it if it relieves you of some lower left back pain. Of course, there’s no evidence doing so will make your back pain subside for the long-term, but it reduces pressure or stiffness temporarily. Many people crack their back frequently throughout the day any time they feel some tightness, and there’s no documented harm in doing so.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the global leader in spine adaptive functional restoration. If you have any back pain that can’t be relieved by cracking your back, we can help you strengthen and return endurance to the surrounding muscles for long-term relief. We have a 90% positive outcome rate in our more than 150,000 clients due to our evidence-based solutions for back pain relief. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to speak with one of our medical professionals about your symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.