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Popping your back--what is exactly going on when you do this?

blackberrybunnybblackberrybunny Posts: 157
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everybody,
I was standing out on my porch yesterday, hurting, and so sometimes I find if I put my hands on the railing and push down, which raises my body up, my back goes pop pop pop pop pop, and it's like cracking your knuckles. I was just wondering, WHAT exactly is going on in there when we 'pop' our backs? The popping didn't help my pain, but it felt good, sort of like stretching. Just wondering, what exactly is popping in there?
Do you think this popping is dangerous, or could cause more damage? Thanks you guys.... ~Molly


  • Hopefully it is ligaments that may have hung up on something, kind of snapping back into place. I'm just guessing here...but when I have inquired about that popping sound, that's what I have been told was happening.
  • Ligaments, huh? I wonder...... you know how you crack your knuckles? I'm gonna have to look this up on the Intertubes....
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  • I have a ligament that pops over a bone spur, so I can go back and forth and go pop, pop, pop, pop.

    But I think the kind of pop you are talking about is something else, more like joints popping.
  • That is what I'm thinking, but which joints? The facet joints?

    I can sit in my desk chair here and put my hands on the armrests and push myself up and all kinds of popping and crunching goes on back there.
  • Have you ever been to a chiropractor?

    You know, is there a physiatrist you could see about those facet joints? Because today, after my ablation, mine are also popping and crunching, because they are inflamed. Makes ya wonder...
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