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What is the cause for cracks in the upper back and neck?

My upper back and neck sometimes crack when I breathe in heavily. Also If I just slightly tilt my back to the right it will crack (the amount varies) should I be worried and see someone or is this normal? I take adderall and I know that can cause stiffness...
Thu, 29 Mar 2018
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Hello,

The crackling sound what you hear is due to spondylitis of the joints in the neck and spine although you have not told me your age. It is a common condition in patients aged above forty. The diagnosis can confirm on x-rays after consultation with your physician. In the meanwhile, you can start physiotherapy with gentle spinal strengthen ING exercises.



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Dr. Santosh S Jeevannavar
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