Is Cracking Your Back Safe?

Fox News—October 23, 2015

Fox News' Q&A with Dr. Manny answers a viewer's question about whether or not cracking your back is just as bad as your knuckles. Dr. Manny consults with Christopher John Anselmi, Jr, DC, a chiropractor at Hospital for Special Surgery, who explains that cracking your back is bad if done regularly.

"Cracking or self-adjusting any joint within the body is bad for you if it is done in a habitual manner," Dr. Anselmi. "These joints are composed of ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue structures which can wear out over time. Any undue stress placed on these joints can lead to premature breakdown."

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