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What causes a clicking sound in the neck?

By Expert HERWriter September 20, 2009 - 9:58pm
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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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Has anyone had this get any better? If so, what helped? If not, what did you try? Hoping there is hope for me that this will stop. :(

June 21, 2017 - 6:24pm
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what you described is what i am experiencing. It started happening out of the blue one day. I have had it now for over a year. When I turn my head in a circle or side to side I get these clicking sounds similar to those guys in kung Fu movies. The thing is only I can actually hear these clicking sounds nobody else can. I have now been diagnosed with a hernia in the neck and the beginings of arthritis after an xray and MRI scan. I am really worried as I am in alot of pain mainly in my neck as i sit on a computer at work all day. I have also put weight on and now I am obese. Does anybody know what to do as my Doctor said I can have an injection in the spine area which is risky, mild forms of anti depressant and epileptic tablets which ease the pain apparently, physio, neck excercises. Most of these are not feasible I think. I have dropped down in work productivity and I live with constant pain all the time, please help if you have any remedies or suggetsions.

Maj, UK

January 11, 2017 - 8:05am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi, I was wondering if the neck cracking went away for you? If so, what do you think helped it? If not, what have you tried to help get rid of it? So desperate to get rid of this neck cracking.

June 22, 2017 - 3:30am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Has it gotten any better? If so, what helped? If not, what did you try? Hoping there is hope for me that this will stop. :(

June 21, 2017 - 6:22pm
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When I'm.sitting still my back.of.my neck starts clicking or making a popping sound so annoying should I seek medical.help

January 3, 2017 - 9:55am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Consider speaking with your primary care physician.


January 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Hi, My name is josh, My neck clicks 3 times when I turn it to the left, id there any exercises or therapy I can practice to make it go away.

December 13, 2016 - 7:12pm
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Hi All,
I had the same problem with my neck popping and cracking nearly two weeks now, it started when I was out walking the dog and I may have pulled a muscle in my neck, so I went to my GP and she told me to see a Physiotherapist as I was not in any pain at all. I booked one last week and he told me that the clicking sound in my neck was two bones in the back of my vertebrae rubbing against each other and that my muscles were all stiff and tight. He gave me exercise's to do with my head ( 3 simple exercise's for five minutes - 3 times daily) You would need to see a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor for advice. My clicking has stopped but I must continue the exercise's to strengthen the neck and shoulders. Good luck to you all who are suffering with this, it's very annoying and I hope you get the help you need.

August 18, 2016 - 10:20am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi, please can you tell us what kind of exercises you do ? I have the same problem with my neck . Thanks .

August 26, 2016 - 2:24pm
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My neck has been clicking for almost 8 months. I was going to school and I tilt it left and it clicked and right. Ever since then its clicked everyday at least once. My friends hear the noise sand said to me its stress. I started to sit up straight and relax a bit and not overdue any revision but nothing changed. The clicking got worse. Some days my neck was so bad the pain was unbearable. I had to get my mum to massage it but after so many months nothing changed. I had changed mattresses, my sleeping style and pillows. I went to the doctors and they told me its fine and just to exercise. So I started exercising but nothing's changed. The pain is still there everyday and the noise is still loud and the clicks happen at least twice a day now.

June 30, 2016 - 7:09pm
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