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    Issue with my neck cracking more often & feeling restricted some

    For the past few weeks my neck has made more cracking noises that are somewhat loud as I move my neck in some positions, which worries me. My spinal cord injury was at C4/5 so those two vertebrae fused. I have an appointment to get an x-ray coming up but it always takes forever.

    anyone know why this would happen?
    Last edited by KyleP2112; 1 Nov 2021, 9:42 PM.
    C4/5 incomplete, 17 years since injury

    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” - Carlos Castaneda

    "We live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom: our body." - Marcel Proust

    #2
    no but i am c6c7 not fused and mine has strated doing tht when i am washing hair only then interesteing

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      #3
      Maybe arthritis.

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        #4
        Originally posted by August West View Post
        Maybe arthritis.
        thats what put me here plus a really bad fall when my horse went down

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          #5
          arthritis is what i've been told about mine. i found its worse when i use the cell phone a lot. starring down stiffens my neck

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            #6
            Traumatic arthritis can be caused by both original vertebral fractures and the surgical procedures done to stabilize and/or fuse the vertebrae. This may limit movement and cause pain. It can also contribute to spinal stenosis which can compress the cord and or spinal roots. The latter are the more serious complications, and generally will cause problems with increased motor weakness or sensory loss. Best to see an orthospine specialist to evaluate and determine if anything needs to be done. (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              Traumatic arthritis can be caused by both original vertebral fractures and the surgical procedures done to stabilize and/or fuse the vertebrae. This may limit movement and cause pain. It can also contribute to spinal stenosis which can compress the cord and or spinal roots. The latter are the more serious complications, and generally will cause problems with increased motor weakness or sensory loss. Best to see an orthospine specialist to evaluate and determine if anything needs to be done. (KLD)
              So if I'vre had neck pain and stiffness for years should I see the orthospine specialist?
              Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer

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              • SCI-Nurse
                SCI-Nurse commented
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                Yes, but you may also need to see a neurosurgeon. (KLD)

              #8
              This got my attention. I have the same issue - cracking on the right side of my neck, in conjunction with right shoulder pain. Thought the two were related, but now maybe not? Wish I could remember what my rehab doc said it was - told me to pull my head to the left gently to relieve the tension in the neck. That worked some, but the neck still is tight on the right side and hurts.

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              • SCI-Nurse
                SCI-Nurse commented
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                Massage therapy (not chiropractic) could help with your neck tension. If you don't have any new neuro deficits, it is unlikely that you have either spinal stenosis or foramen (spinal nerve root compression) narrowing.

                (KLD)

              #9
              Thank you for your response KLD.
              I do some treatment on it that gets me through the day, but really doesn't truly relieve the tension. I use a heating pad at night on my shoulder/neck area, and put Salonpas on it during the day and that helps get me by. A full on massage therapy I haven't tried. Will pursue this idea and see if it (hopefully) reduces the tension/pain in that area.

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              • SCI-Nurse
                SCI-Nurse commented
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                Try to find someone who does both trigger point massage and deep tissue massage. (KLD)

              #10
              Thank you KLD! Very helpful info to know when I get this set up.

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