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ask: What causes a clicking sound in the neck?

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
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Hi everyone,

I was having lunch today with a good friend of mine and she was telling me how she's been having this really weird clicking sound in her neck that she notices when she turns her head from side to side.

I asked her more about it and she said as far as she can tell she is the only one who can hear it, it came on suddenly, and she does not have pain or numbness or anything.

She spends a lot of time on the computer and I'm voting for poor posture contributing to a neck issue of some type. She said that lately when she kind of rolls her head around she can make her neck kind of do a popping thing. She said she's also under a lot of stress lately so she's wondering if that's part of it.

Does anyone else here have a clicking neck when you turn your head? If so, did it go away on its own or did you need to see a doctor and or a chiropractor? I want to try to help my friend if we can. Thanks everyone! Michelle

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EmpowHER Guest

I get this clicking sound in my neck. Sometimes if I keep my head forwards for a long time then turn it it would do a big click and really hurt please help because I don't want to tell my mum and dad, or my sister about it and I want it the get better ASAP. I don't know how I got it. But far as I can remember the big hurt when I turn my head has been happening since I started KS2. He little clicking has been happening for a year. At night when I go to bed I can't sleep because I think I'm going to die! Please help me get better sleep!!!

December 15, 2014 - 8:09am
EmpowHER Guest

I get that also, a Chiropractor I went to did a x-ray and told me it is a bone spur.

December 2, 2014 - 12:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

Ho everyone, I too have this popping/clicking in my neck, it just started but I've had a numbing/sometimes stiffness In the back of my neck, the pain started yesterday with the popping and clicking. I carry a heavy backpack daily of about 20-25 lbs for night s hool. Do you think maybe this could be the cause? A long with the excessive stress In my life?

November 26, 2014 - 11:05am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My chiropractor told me that wearing a heavy backpack and/or using a computer with the incorrect monitor height can cause a thing called forward head posture. this basically means what it sounds like. your head leans a bit/lot forwards and as a result your shoulders round forwards too. I'd recommend going to a chiropractor they can recommend simple exercises that can help you correct this at home.

December 14, 2014 - 9:41pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi my name is Michelle and my clicking neck sounds started about a month in a half ago .. I've done neck rolling exercises from left to right that doesn't help.but it's pretty annoying I can't stand to hear that click click sound when I turn my neck, I've noticed when I turn it to the right I hear that annoying click sound. but I will take the advice I've been reading and sit up straight to improve my posture..thanks everyone

October 30, 2014 - 5:38am
EmpowHER Guest

I had that problem and went to a atlas orthagonal chiropractor. They have special equipment and training to adjust the atlas bone at the base of the skull. It was instantly better and after it healed in 2 months it was 95% better. The grinding stopped and the clicking is minimal. Worked wonders for me so I took my whole family. I am a musician and crane my neck to play all the time. I almost had to quit but life is good now.

October 29, 2014 - 10:05pm
EmpowHER Guest

I get a strange quiet click in my neck when I walk too. It doesn't happen all the time. I also get general neck & shoulder aches, pains & stiffness. It is all related to poor posture & tight muscle tension due to stress & anxiety. My best advice would be to do some gentle exercises throughout the day & not be sat at the computer all day without regular breaks. Try & go to a sauna every now & then or in a hot tub if you can to warm up your muscles & help the body relax.
Under advice from my GP I go to see an osteopath NOT a chiropractor. Osteopaths have a bit more training & aim to get you better where as chiropractors keep you going to them longer.

Good luck & don't worry....it only makes it worse!

October 2, 2014 - 2:03am
EmpowHER Guest

I've hAd this for as long as I can remember, nothing to be worried
About I'd say doesn't cause me pain or anything, maybe I should get it looked at just something I've gotten used to though

August 29, 2014 - 4:00pm
EmpowHER Guest

I'm only 19 and I've had the same condition for a few months now. The only advice I can give is to keep a straight posture throughout the day; this isn't a cure, but to perhaps keep it from getting worse. Keep your head held straight-up high, refrain from slouching or looking-down for too long. Whenever I do that, I rarely hear this noise at all. Definitely related to poor posture/old age/accidents. I think it's a rather serious condition considering the possible symptoms you could get from it if made worse. Find what else is causing it and eliminate it from your daily routine. Of course, you could also see a chiropractor or a doctor but just make sure it's a good one.

August 16, 2014 - 5:06am
EmpowHER Guest

I think the main problem in this issue is the bad posture. I started to wearing bifocal glasses, because I have-to read from the inferior side of the glasses, my neck must be rise a little, as a consequence, I am suffering of daily pain in my neck, I hear all the time crunching sound or clicking sound, and sometime I must force the muscle to turn the head down because sometime look palatalized or locked.

July 26, 2014 - 3:29am
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