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Neck crepitus



I went to a chiropractor for mid-back pain. She adjusted my neck and now it has this terrible grinding, crackling noise everytime I turn my head. I`m afraid to get another adjustment, but would this help the noise? It has been like this for two months. Would a DO be a better choice. I just don`t know what to do. Thank you


Crepitus without pain is not a usually an indication of a problem, however it can be present with early arthritis or scar tissue. A DO would be a good choice to help you identify the problem and then pursue a treatment.

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Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS
Sports Medicine Team Member
Clinical Instructor at The School of Allied Medical Professions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University