“Hey doc, when I turn my head this way, I hear this…clicking…it’s like it’s GRINDING or something.”

Believe it or not, medicine has a name for this; “crepitus”. It’s the sound your joints make when you move. Sometimes, the sound can come from a tendon that is rolling over a bony bump or ridge which causes a kind of “snap”. This is usually heard in wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Or, the surfaces of your joints are losing their smoothness due to joint degeneration, causing a kind of grinding sound. It’s like hearing tiny pebbles grind together when you move your neck.

Joint degeneration, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint/disk disease, subluxation degeneration, are all pretty much the same thing with much the same cause. When your joints are injured, the muscles will spasm around them to protect them from further injury. If left too long, the muscles will inhibit your joints ability to move and circulation is reduced as a result. Without proper nutrition, the cells in your joints begin to die and become replaced by scar tissue. This scar tissue accumulates and cause roughening of the joint surfaces, which leads to more inflammation, scar tissue, joint degeneration, etc. Without proper care, the joints, much like your brakes, will start to make noises as a result of the vibrations liberated by two roughening surfaces grinding together.

While joint degeneration does depend on time, most spinal joints do not degenerate evenly, despite being all the same age. This is why it’s important to get adjusted regularly. Chiropractic adjustments break the muscle spasms and resultant fibrotic adhesions to free the joints natural movement and restore normal health.

We all injure our spines. Whether it’s quickly in a car accident or sports injury; or, over years of working at a computer. Don’t wait until your spine starts talking to you to get help. And, if you notice turning your neck is beginning to sound a lot like a cement mixer, it’s even more important you get under some kind of regular chiropractic care. These grinding noises can be just the prelude to chronic spine pain.

Keep your spine moving and “quiet” by getting regular adjustments. How regular? Consult with your chiropractor to determine the best care plan for you.

Yours in health,

Dr. Aaron L. Wiegand,DC,CCST



22849 N. 19th AVE #115

Phoenix, AZ 85027