As a little girl I was always popping a joint somewhere. My neck, as I remember, early on was one of the first areas that I found I could get the "most pops" from as I grew up the neck popping continued. Then it finally got to the point, I felt, that to keep it loose I had no option but to pop it...long story short, I had a neck fusion 8 years ago (successful fusion) but now I can't pop it and it no longer hurts at all, except for the usual tightness and sore muscles around the area.
Popping my spine may not have lead to all my lumbar area problems but I'm convinced it helped the problem along, along with car accidents, age, arthritis....my latest MRI, 2 weeks ago, shows disc problems at L1-L2 & L5-S1 w/central canal stenosis, which, after I see my PM dr. Monday, according to what my pcp says, I will be sent to give PT a try and then I will be sent to a surgeon. She says a surgeon will insist, before seeing a patient, that one has to try PT first.
At this point I "have" to pop because now popping eases the tightness/stiffness I feel in every single joint in my body. But its also causing me problems, that are requiring medical attention/dr. visits. Popping joints are listed below.
I pop both hip joints/upper thigh area: Suspected that my L5-S1 is causing my hip problems on my right side, according to my PCP after getting my MRI results back.
Both Wrists: Rheumatologist says I have RA.
All my finger joints: Again, rheumy says I have RA in my fingers, but says I have osteoarthritis in the first joints of my finger tips.
both elbows: RA again
All my toes, both ankles & several different bones in my feet: Arthritis & a plantar fasciitis diagnosis in both feet last fall. I now wear custom made orthotics when I walk.
My back: A few years ago I was told I had facet joint, SI joint arthritis, DDD & most recently osteoarthritis. Probably about 5 years ago I was no longer able to pop my lower spine and now have all these arthritis's showing up. And after my last MRI, there is a surgeon, according to my PCP, in my future to fix central canal stenosis due to disc problems.
The most recent area that I have been able to pop, that I couldn't before is my thoracic area. When I pop it, it feels like every T vertebra pops along with my chest bone.
**I said all this to say that seems like all my bone popping since I was a child has lead to an arthritis diagnosis of some sort & having to have a cervical disc fusion, maybe popping my neck didn't cause it all but I'm convinced it sure didn't help my situation a bit. And now a possible lumbar fix is coming up. And now that I'm having to pop my thoracic area, is it next, I wonder??? Anyone else have these thoughts that popping has lead you to where you are today?