Many people assume that “cracking” your back is bad for you, but is that actually the case? In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about the act of “cracking” your back and whether or not it’s damaging to your spine.
Cracking Your Back
When you twist your back and it cracks, the “cracking” noise is the release of synovial fluid and gasses that build up between the joints in order to decrease friction. The act of cracking your back in this way is not necessarily bad for you. Cracking your back (or other parts of your body) often brings a sense of relief and release of tension. If this describes your situation, don’t hesitate to crack your back if it brings some relief. However, if you’re cracking your back a lot, then it might be time to seek medical attention.
Physical Therapy for Back Pain
If you find yourself cracking your back several times a day in order to feel relief, there may be something else going on that needs to be addressed. Working with a physical therapist can help you identify the root cause of your back pain, and develop a strategy for reducing the pain and improving your mobility.
Minneapolis Physical Therapy Clinic
OrthoRehab physical therapists have been treating patients throughout the Twin Cities for nearly thirty years. With our long history of patient care in the state, we have developed relationships with more than 600 local providers who continue to entrust us with the rehabilitation care of their patients when needed. We also offer direct access to physical therapy care in Minnesota so you can set up an appointment whether or not you have a referral or prescription. Reach out to us today at our Minneapolis or Edina physical therapy clinics to set up your appointment with one of our skilled Minnesota physical therapists and get your mobility back!