Q. I get cracks or pops while squeezing my shoulder. Is it due to muscle weakness?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 12, 2019

Hello doctor,

When I squeeze my shoulder blades together, my spine always cracks or pops (like cracking your knuckles). I do this maybe 20 times a day. I think it is becoming a habit. It helps to loosen it up. What causes this? Do I have muscle weakness? It has been an ongoing pain for three years and it is getting worse. It is very easy to pop and it is addicting.

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hello,

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The sounds coming from the spine is called as snapping of joints. A synovial joint is a joint where two bony surfaces are enclosed in a capsule with synovial fluid enclosed in it. It is like sound coming from two wet surfaces placed together and now separated. It is a normal physical property. You feel good or relaxed on repeatedly doing it because of your habit. You do not have any muscle weakness. You should avoid doing it repeatedly as repeated forces over a limited area of the spine will predispose it to degenerative changes over the long term. To avoid getting feeling of back stiffness, start to a regular spinal exercise programme.


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