Q. What could be the reason for the cracking sound during rotational movements in the shoulders and the back of the head?

Answered by
Shakti Mishra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have a cracking sound in my shoulders. It is similar to that sound while I crack my finger knuckles but louder. Sometimes I feel that my shoulders are in an awkward position and feel pain. When I try to rotate it around, it makes a cracking sound. Also, that happens to the back of my head. So I must keep rotating my head and sometimes use force to crack it. Otherwise, I feel strange, like the pain is slowly building up. Why is this so? Is it due to neck problems or the shoulder?

Please help.

Thank you.



Welcome to

I read your query and understand your concern.

First of all, stop forcibly cracking your head and shoulder. It has become a habit for which the alignment of the neck and shoulder are not normally behaving after you try it manually then only. It might have developed impingement syndrome at the shoulder. Stop forcing, and you can apply a hot pack for relief.

Thank you.

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