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Punched in the neck

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  • Posted By: neckclicker
  • December 3, 2008
  • 08:21 PM

I am 18 now, but at school at around 13, I got punched in the neck.

Now my neck never clicked before then, or at least I never noticed it.

Since the punch, it clicked when I turned to the right.

Over the years though, it has "developed", so now I can crack it by turning my head quickly either way.
Furthermore, I get this sort of "inverse" crack, where the bottom left of my neck clicks, but feels like it should be clicking the other way.
It also clicks automatically, which is the most annoying thing in the world

1) do you think my neck would have clicked had i not got punched
2) i have been to doctors and chiros who can't help.
when i last went to the doctor, he said

"is there any pain"
so i told him
after that he made me do some neck stretches, and because i could do them he told me i was fine:confused:

i kinda feel i'd like an x-ray, just to either confirm my doubts or put my mind at rest.
is that too much to ask?

please reply, thank you

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  • I agree with your doctor. If you aren't in pain, you really don't need an x-ray. It's best to avoid radiation exposure whenever you can, even though x-rays are pretty low-risk. However as you get older, if you *do* start to have pain or it really affects your life, that would be a good time to explore further. In other words, without a problem, a doctor is very unlikely to perform surgery, for example. So your doc wants to avoid subjecting you to something that probably won't help much and is not completely free of risk. I hope that makes sense.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 08:33 PM
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  • well its so annoying psychologically....
    neckclicker 2 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 09:25 PM
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  • If it is really bothering you, maybe you should see if a physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). They are about rehabilitation, not surgery. Maybe such a doctor could recommend exercises or something that would help you now and prevent problems in the future. http://www.aapmr.org/condtreat/what.htm
    halal37 96 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 04:20 PM
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  • Thanks for the advice
    neckclicker 2 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 09:39 PM
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  • An injury to one's joints can cause premature arthritis.The clicking could be from a bone spur.An x-ray should help.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
    • 03:33 PM
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