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Clicking sounds in neck when moving head. Stiff neck. Done stabilization surgery. Common to have sound?

I am experiencing clicking sounds in my neck with very subtle movement of my head. This has been going on for about a month. Today, my neck is very stiff and the clicks are more pronounced. I had anterior C 6-7 stabilization in Jan 2009. I have recently moved from Hawaii where I had the surgery so have not made a call to the neurosurgeon who performed the surgery. Is this clicking sound common? I did well post surgery until this recent change.
Asked On : Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
though small clicks post surgically are often experienced by patients as the plate rubs against the soft tissues of neck region and patient should not be worried unless some other features like fever, nausea, difficulty in eating or breathing and tingling in limbs or their weakness accompanies.
but in your case the clicks have appeared after 4 years post surgery and they are increasing. the clicks broadly be due to
1. after spinal fusion the vertebrae above and below the fused areas takes all the load and they get arthritis early. so the clicks and neck pain may be due to the degenerative spinal disease.
2. can simply be neck stiffness.
3. rarely implants get loose and come out of bone and can result in such features.
any how consult surgeon. take care.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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