One of the most amazing things about chiropractic treatment is the range of issues that can be treated using these techniques. Chiropractic treatment has been receiving a lot of attention as more people have started to look for alternative treatment solutions to avoid dealing with the side effects of regular medication or because regular medicine doesn't offer any viable solutions.
As it turns out, this treatment can be quite effective in the treatment and management of many conditions. Neck and back crepitus is one of the conditions that can be treated using chiropractic methods. Which condition is this, and how effective will a chiropractor be in treating it?
What Is Neck and Back Crepitus?
Neck and back crepitus is a medical term for the sound that's heard when you hear certain sounds when your neck or back joints move. The sound can be a snap, pop, grind, or crack. Crepitus is quite common and is also experienced when other joints in your body move. In the case of the neck and the back, the sound may be heard when you turn to look over your shoulder. Some people may experience crepitus more often than others.
Does a Crepitus Cause Any Harm?
To answer this question, it's important to first understand what causes neck and back crepitus in the first place. These sounds can be caused by articular pressure changes, i.e. when gas bubbles form and collapse in the fluid that lubricates the joints. They can also be the result of vertebrae joints grinding against each other or due to the movement of tendons and ligaments. As mentioned earlier, crepitus is not an uncommon phenomenon, and many people will experience them without feeling any pain. However, if the sound is accompanied by some pain or loss of mobility, you could be dealing with a more serious issue.
Treating Neck and Back Crepitus
If crepitus is accompanied by some pain or a loss of mobility, it's advisable to see a doctor about it as soon as possible. Some people might be tempted to crack their own necks or backs in such situations. Cracking a neck or back isn't usually harmful, but it has the potential to be so if the person doesn't know what they are doing. There are special chiropractic techniques that are used for such procedures. These techniques mainly try to identify the root of the problem before anything else is attempted.