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Audible back clicking? #281553
09/30/18 01:59 AM
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New to all this so sorry if this is a dumb question. Do others hear an audible cracking or clicking when trying to stretch their lower back? I find it's especially distinctive when I put weight on one leg, lean forward, and try to really open my hips. The best comparison I can make is to cracking your knuckles. So even if you don't actually hear the crack, it's very clearly discernible within your body? Do others experience this same thing? Any insight on whether it's a good thing/bad thing? Or an indicator of anything at all?

I'm really sorry if this (and others I've asked) are dumb questions but I've searched on here and haven't found anything and this is all pretty new to me so it's just so very helpful getting feedback from those who have so much more experience with these symptoms. Thanks!!

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No need to apologize. We were all newbies once and full of questions.

My lower back pops or cracks from time to time. Sometimes it's audible, sometimes it's more a sense of "hearing" it from within myself, if that makes sense.

Most of the time when it pops it's when I move after I've been still for a good while. Also it sometimes pops when I'm getting dressed in the morning.


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Re: Audible back clicking? [Re: lazlo] #281559
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Noises like you describe are "mechanical" noises. They are usually "normal" just like cracking your knuckles. The frequency that these noises occur is probably more important. The more often that they happen the more likely a problem will develop over time but just in the area where the noise occurs. Noises which occur occasionally in a variety of places doesn't necessarily indicate a widespread problem. Eventually, if the noises happen all the time in any given area, you likely have a problem in that area. Keep in mind that terms like "occasionally" and "all the time" means something different from person to person. People with arthritic changes have progressively more noises.



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Thanks for the insight guys! I have these noises pretty much every morning while stretching in the shower and I'd say at least 2-3 more times a day. It's not every time I stretch that way but it's more than half the times. So maybe that's an area I should keep a close eye on?

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My rheumy says that painless cracking is usually soft tissue or air between the joints and it's not indicative of anything.

If there is discomfort or pain it's more likely to become problematic.

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I have an audible clicking in my neck. Sometimes it pops so loud that I jump.

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I used to get a loud crack/pop sound in my uppper lumbar spine when doing a twist in a supine position. Now my thoracic will crack/pop when doing an upper back bend or chest expansion.

cracking noice is also very familiar to me. That question is often asked during the Q&A portion of a patient education seminar. others like me have a lot of crackling in our necks. some people describe the sound like rubbing pieces of glass together.

hope that helps,


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My back pops in places where there seems to have no bone, like between ribs near my shoulder cap.

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I stretch just so I can hear and feel the popping.

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Originally Posted by sdot
I stretch just so I can hear and feel the popping.


So you’re a crack addict!


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