Is Cracking Your Neck Bad?

Dr. Walpert often has patients come to her with worry of their popping and cracking necks. Dr. Walpert answers the question of, "Is cracking your neck bad?" by explaining that it is simply fluid moving around in the joints, similar to when your knees or ankles pop. This cracking is associated with arthritic change in the joints that naturally occur with wear and tear (aging). Although this arthritis can cause pain, it usually responds to a short term course of anti-inflammatory drugs. So, is cracking your neck bad? Usually no, its simply the moving of fluids in your joints and its is a naturally occurring process coupled with aging.