Popping or Spine Joint Noise

///Popping or Spine Joint Noise

Popping or spine joint noise – The joints in the rear of the spine are real joints like a hip or knee joint. They are under negative pressure- that is they are under suction. When the suction is broken, just like when a chiropractor “pops” a joint or when you would “pop” your knuckles, the suction release creates a noise that we call a “pop”. Sometimes when you remove a wet glass from a granite counter, the suction release will give a similar popping noise. This noise is not dangerous and nothing to worry about by itself.
There are grinding noises that can originate from the neck with motion. Some patients call it a “sand in the joint” noise. The joint surfaces can wear down unevenly causing this sound. If it is not painful and most aren’t, it is not dangerous. Don’t worry about the sound as no one else can hear it but you. The noise is directly transmitted into your ear and only you can hear it.

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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.