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Bodybuilder, having neck, back pain. Painful crack in neck during movement, have stiff neck. Solution?

I have been a bodybuilder for 4 years. It has caused some back/neck pain. At the base of my neck I have a rice crispie sounds when I turn it occasionally. Which is quite normal for some people. Anyhow, when I have my neck straight and my eyes looking straight forward I preform a movement where I will try to touch my ears to my shoulders. When I do this, I feel/hear a nagging and sometimes painful pop/crack in my neck. It is not a normal crack, like cracking a knuckle. It is a very deep crack, and I feel it might associated with nerves. Doctors have not taken me seriously and I need a proper diagnosis. I also have a lot of stiffness/ funny sounds higher up in my neck toward the bottom of my hair line. It bothers me during my training, and every morning I wake up with an extremely stiff neck. I have also had a self diagnosed "slipped disk" in my middle back from "deadlifting." It is sometimes painful, and a few times out of the year I will bend down to pick up something very light (toothbrush) and when I come back up a very painful nerve gets triggered and I wont be able to move for a while.
Thu, 26 Sep 2013
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Hi,
As you are a bodybuilder you might be doing streneous exercise of whole body.
I think this might be the reason behind this.
Due to heavy neck muscle exercise might have caused some problem in your cervical vertebrae and neck muscles giving rise to this problem.
Go for X ray cervical region and find out any changes in vertebrae or in inter vertebraeal discs causing this cracking sound.
Avoid streneous exercise.
Ok and take care.
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Bodybuilder, having neck, back pain. Painful crack in neck during movement, have stiff neck. Solution?

Hi, As you are a bodybuilder you might be doing streneous exercise of whole body. I think this might be the reason behind this. Due to heavy neck muscle exercise might have caused some problem in your cervical vertebrae and neck muscles giving rise to this problem. Go for X ray cervical region and find out any changes in vertebrae or in inter vertebraeal discs causing this cracking sound. Avoid streneous exercise. Ok and take care.