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Constant need to pop back

aphibleaaphible Posts: 1
edited 09/30/2014 - 10:30 PM in Chronic Pain
I've been dealing with various back problems (aching, sensitivity, etc) since I started high school four years ago. Over the last month or so, I've been feeling extreme tightness in the middle of my back, and can only relieve it by twisting side-to-side and popping it. None of my joints have popped easily before this, and none others do now, but my back consistently pops every time I stretch. I have to do this once every half-hour or so, or else the pain becomes unbearable.
A doctor visit is kind of out of the question right now due to financial reasons.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,518

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • When I was younger I used to pop and crack my back all the time. I initially started with forcing it to crack and eventually it became problematic and I had to crack it for relief. When you crack your back you get a release of endorphins which is the body's feel good hormone and aids in pain relief. Once it wears off then the pain returns. The problem with cracking your own back is that you end up creating a joint that moves too much that may be stacked on top of one that is not moving right. Cracking it is not solving the problem and only getting the endorphin relief if you get return of pain so quickly. You may want to see a spine specialist or massage therapist and get a better idea of why it is problematic for you. Looking into exercises to help with core strengthening may also be helpful.
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