Is it safe to crack your back or crack your neck?

By Robert G. Savarese, DO

Is It Safe to Crack Your Back or Crack Your Neck?

Is it safe to crack your neck

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Often as a doctor, I am asked “Is it safe to crack your back or crack your neck” and although in most instances it is safe, does it actually fix the problem?

As an osteopathic physician trained in manipulative therapy, I am very familiar with high velocity maneuvers that often result in that satisfactory pop. That pop can often alleviate the symptoms temporarily, but in my professional medical opinion, patient’s often get longer term relief with lumbar and cervical stabilization. This often involves physical therapy to focus on core strengthening. This helps to protect the spine from further injury. High velocity maneuvers that result in that satisfactory pop can be used along with a physical therapy program to rehabilitate the spine.

JOI Rehab

Whether you are suffering from back issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 12 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!


Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Robert G. Savarese, DO

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