Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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A fusion from C2-T2 is an extensive one and will place stress on the C1-2 and the T1-2 levels. This can eventually wear them out. Popping and clinking can be a sign of wear of the facet joints but also could be due to a pseudoarthrosis of one of the fused levels.

Pops can also be from the facet joint “releasing” similar to the pop caused by a chiropractor. Facet joints are under a vacuum and the pop is simply the release of the vacuum similar to the pop from taking a wet glass off a glass coffee table or granite counter.

The first diagnostic test other than a physical examination is standard X-rays with flexion and extension views.

Dr. Corenman