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Why does my neck always crack?

I am a 22 year old guy. My neck cracks all the time without much effort. Why does this happen?

11 Answers

This is due to ligament laxity.
That usually indicates a joint problem. When joints in the spine get stuck out of place, then the joints above it and below it will have to increase movement which will cause instability in the spine and lead to spinal problems.
Loose ligaments of the cervical spine.
When your neck cracks it is releasing pressure from the joints that connect to the cervical vertebrae above and below. It’s not a bad thing for it to crack on it’s own but it might indicate that the alignment is off and it needs to be corrected. In other words, it’s not bad that cracks but it’s probably bad that it needs to.
You should avoid forcing it to crack by yourself. If it’s cracking on it’s own I wouldn’t worry about it unless it causes pain or discomfort.
Then I would see your chiropractor and have your neck evaluated and properly adjusted.
Many times it is due to instability in the structure. It may be due to muscle weakness or sprain/strain from trauma. It would be recommended that you be checked by your local chiropractor to help you get back in shape.
If you don’t have any injury to your neck, then you are just hyper mobile in the neck joints. It’s very common to be for some and those cracks are adjustive movements that occur as you move around. Nothing to worry about unless it becomes painful.

Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP

Constant cracking can be a sign of instability in the neck. However if there is nothing wrong the sound is just movement of the bone segments on top of each other. Some people will "crack" more often depending on the way in which the neck will move. If it is a concern consult a chiropractor and they can better inform you as to why this is happening through diagnostics such as X-rays and spinal manipulation to correct any issues!!!
The cracking noise is just a gas relief. It may be from a previous trauma or self adjusting your own neck in the past
It could be due to misalignments in your spine which affect the biomechanics of it. It's always a good idea to visit your chiropractor who can identify these misalignments
I find this occurs more often in people with forward head posture or anterior head carriage. There are exercises called Wall Angels, which strengthen muscles to correct this posture.
X-rays are needed to answer this question