Dear dr. Corenman or whom it may concern:the past 2 years my neck has been cracking about every 15 minutes,
and my neck muscle feels tight every day every hour. My primary care
doctor has told me to do move my neck around, and use heat packs, yet
both have done nothing to make my neck problems go away. I use ultra
strength pain relieving cream menthol0% and methyl salicylate 30% every
day,as it is the only thing I have found which gives me any relief from
thinking about my neck. Do you have any suggestions about anything that may
help? thank you
Cracking in the neck generally is not really related to the causes of neck pain. Cracking sounds are generated by facets which are generally under suction. When the joint separates in many cases, the suction “pops” causing the cracking noise. Also, a tendon that rubs over a bone surface can also “pop”.
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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.