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Neck crackling. pop rocks sound when walking after neck adjustment

bretahbbretah Posts: 4
edited 01/15/2016 - 11:40 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I went to physical therapy for TMJ yesterday, I'm 31 years old. While massaging my jaw the physical therapist went on to my neck, and without me knowing out of nowhere cranked my neck super hard and it popped 3 times on the left side. My neck has been stiff on the left since yesterday and when I walk I hear loud crackling/pop rocks sound in my neck right before it meets the shoulders. Did he injure me? anyone else experience this? will it go away.

I was so upset he cracked my neck like that he isn't even a chiropractor but said afterwards when I got upset with him that he knows chiropractor movements.

I've never been to a chiropractor so I don't know how it compares but it seems really hard and forceful when he did it. I don't have any pain and its weird that when I move my neck I don't hear the sound, only when walking. Someone please advise me on this.

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  • Robbie43RRobbie43 Posts: 18
    edited 01/16/2016 - 5:58 AM
    Sorry but that guy is a [edit] I've had problems for 2 years after being injured the same way !
  • bretahbbretah Posts: 4
    edited 01/16/2016 - 3:58 PM
    Robbie43 said:
    Sorry but that guy is a [edit] I've had problems for 2 years after being injured the same way !
    What exactly happened to you? did you see a doctor and get treatment? What's the best doctor for me to see?
  • This is what my chiropractor I started seeing said.
    As we walk, our cervical spine normally rotates on itself to compensate for the motion of legs/pelvis. Malalignment of the cervical spine can then cause some clicking while walking.

    Does this seem right? does the cervical spine normally rotate on itself?

    That makes sense since when the physical therapist incorrectly adjusted my neck he made it go out of place.

    I'm seeing my chiropractor 3 times this week and we are trying to ease my spine back into place. I don't want a full neck adjustment as it scares the crap out of me after the bad experience with the physical therapist who did it without even asking me when I didn't have any neck problems.

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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    I had a wonderful chiropractor back in the 1990's before I had back surgery. He told me never to allow a chiropractor to "adjust" my spine because I had disk issues. I used to see him 2 times a week for gentle massage that lessened the spasms from al my muscles affected by the disks. One day he told me it was time to see a neurosurgeon and he thought my back was at a point that if someone wouldn't operate I would lose control below my waste. He told me what to tell a surgeon and gave me his notes and imaging. The surgery went very well but not exactly as the chiropractor has planned.

    I did continue seeing him and my insurance covered his treatment. He eventually stopped practicing due to insurance restrictions. He felt like the paperwork dictated his practice more than his skills. He was excellent and I have listened to him. I've never seen another chiropractor but I cannot say they are all one way or another because he helped me so much. He just knew his limits very well.


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • Thank you for the advice. I am not going to let him due a neck adjustment just gentle massage.

    I am very ignorant on this subject. How does one realign a vertebra that is out of place in the neck? Chiropractor neck adjustment? which most think is a bad idea and I don't want to have done since the first one has caused the damage in the first place, done by a non chiropractor but still.

    Do vertebra over time go back into place on there own? Will I need surgery? other options to get it in place?

    The clicking sound has me very worried, it sounds like bone on bone I feel like if I don't get this corrected asap I will start to have more issues.
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