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This Is What Happens When You Get Your Back Cracked

Having your back cracked is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world... but what is actually going on inside our bodies when we get the old bend and snap treatment?

Ah yes, it's a question as old as time itself -- what the f*** is happening when we get our backs cracked?

More to the point, where on earth does 'popping' sound coming from when you get your back cracked? Is it your bones readjusting? Or did something legitimately burst on the inside?

To find out, 10 daily sat down with spinal surgeon Dr Michael Wong to smooth out some of our most pressing questions.

Ready? Let's get cracking!

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What Does Cracking Your Back Involve?

According to Dr Wong, "cracking" is really just a layman's term for a certain fancy manoeuvre that leads to that popping sound we all love.

"It often involves twisting, leaning backwards or bending forwards," Dr Wong told 10 daily. As for that popping sound, Dr Wong said it comes from the movement of air pockets in your joints.

"But contrary to popular belief it's the manoeuvering of the joints and not the popping sound that relieves the stiffness or pain," he said.

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Is It Dangerous?

Yes and no, according to Dr Wong.

"In the worst case scenario, there is a risk of "self-cracking" making things worse, especially if done on a frequent basis for a long time," he said.

Doctor Wong went on to explain that one of the main dangers when it comes to cracking your back is the possibility of "overstretching certain ligaments and/or tendons."

"If this happens repeatedly, it increases the risk of additional tension, potentially causing weaker joints," he said.

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When Should We Visit A Doctor?

According to Dr Wong, when we start to feel that stiffness creeping in, a doctor should be our first point of call.

"That's because a doctor can do a comprehensive assessment and might organise imaging to diagnose underlying problems," he said.

Doctor Wong said that it's only then that proper treatment can be prescribed, "such as surgery or a referral for conservative treatment."

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