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Are there risks involved in joint cracking or joint manipulation?

Are there risks involved in joint cracking (manipulation)?Joint Cracking is a commonly used treatment in the private sector of the health community. If you are wondering if there are risks involved in joint cracking (joint manipulation) or whether it would be helpful for your condition, please read the below information.

What is Joint Cracking?

Joint Cracking, known medically as Joint Manipulation, should not be confused with Joint Mobilisation. Manipulation is a technique, commonly used by chiropractors, and more rarely physiotherapists, where a high velocity, low amplitude thrusting manoeuvre is performed with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. This movement often results in a “clicking” or “popping” sound.

What does this do to Me?

Joint Manipulation has been shown to relieve musculoskeletal pain, unlock joints and improve joint range of motion. Joint Manipulation has been shown to be effective in treating acute spinal disorders without radiculopathy, that is, without nerve involvement. This technique may be used by Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinicians to promote movement in very stiff joints.

Are there any Risks?

As Joint Manipulation is a high-velocity treatment, it does come with some risks, and should not be used as a routine treatment for any condition. Some more serious risks, although very uncommon, are vertebrobasilar accidents, stroke, spinal disc herniation, spinal or rib fractures, and cauda equina syndrome. Some side effects that may occur are local discomfort, headaches, tiredness or radiating discomfort. Your Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician can guide you as to whether or not this form of treatment is appropriate for you and your condition.

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