If you have a history of neck stiffness so much so that you frequently have an overwhelming urge to crack it, or if you cracked it and have neck pain as a result, it might be time to consult a physician.
“Causing a misalignment or neck pain from excessive cracking can be scary,” according to Dr. Walton. “Sometimes you’ll get throbbing neck pain that lasts for a few days, sometimes you’ll get numbness or tingling in your fingers or arms. In either case, your best bet is to call a spine specialist before things get worse.”
A medical professional should assess any pain, numbness in limbs, or loss of strength experienced by neck cracking. The last thing you want is for the issue to get progressively worse while you’re waiting for your doctor to have time to see you and send you to see a specialist. You can bypass the waiting period by coming to see one of the physicians at SpineOne. We offer same-day appointments for urgent relief, and you don’t need a referral from your doctor. If you’re experiencing excessive pain or discomfort after popping your neck, schedule an appointment today.