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  • ckimm
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    I had protusion of c3-4 c4-5 I had acdf of c3-4 I am not sure why 4-5 were left. I also have scalpula plexus and internal derangement of shoulder. I was told never to crack my neck.

    during my therapy session my neck was pushed to stretch past the point I can do myself. during this it popped, after I suffered severe pain in my neck and one spot is very tender and have pain in right arm it also feels weaker than it did before pt. I called my dr but he seems unconcerned. I am worried that the pop was not a good thing should I be checked?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Painful popping of the neck can indicate a problem. Popping by itself without pain is nothing to worry about as the facets are under suction. A release of that suction creates this pop. This is the same sound that a Chiropractor obtains with a manipulation.

    Painful popping with residual continuing pain can be concerning. If there is no shoulder or arm pain and your balance and fine motor skills have not changed, local neck pain can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and medications. If after some time the pain does not improve, further testing might be required to find out what might have occurred.

    If weakness, imbalance or new-onset arm pain have developed, further workup could be required much sooner.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    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.
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