I’m a doctor – that’s why you should NEVER break your neck

Among many viral sensations, the neck crack has left TikTok users on the edge of their seats, garnering over 1.9 billion views on the app in total.

Chiropractors have been making a name for themselves on the platform for a long time Many will spend their evenings scrolling through their “satisfying” videos. An expert has claimed it could be more dangerous than you think.

Ever Arias, MD, known online for debunking medical myths and offering health advice, told his followers to never break their necks.

The doctor responded to a viral TikTok of a young girl who broke her neck, captioning the video: “I’m going to break my neck everything will be fine!!!”

A TikTok doctor warned his followers about breaking their necks and shared the horrific story of a patient with hypermobility who ended up doing so

A TikTok doctor warned his followers about breaking their necks and shared the horrific story of a patient with hypermobility who ended up doing so

While many chiropractors disagree, Dr. Ever Arias said that a whole host of difficulties could arise with a neck tear

While many chiropractors disagree, Dr. Ever Arias said that a whole range of difficulties can arise with a neck tear

Showing herself in a neck brace, she adds, “Break my neck with my own hands and spend my first two weeks of college in a neck brace.”

The doctor then begins a “story time” in which he explains to his 136,200 followers why they should “never” break someone’s neck.

He explained that a 20-year-old patient visited the hospital after breaking her neck twice, hearing a crack and being in “severe pain.”

He said: “She went to the emergency room after being examined and scanned. “We discovered she had a compression fracture of the cervix.”

The doctor explained: “Basically she was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome and was therefore very mobile.”

“What happened is she bent her neck a little too much and suffered a compression fracture.”

Accordingly According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a minor compression fracture can be treated with a cervical brace worn for 6 to 8 weeks, while a more complex fracture may require surgery and/or months in a rigid cast.

The doctor added that various problems could arise if the neck is torn.

He said: “It’s important to understand that there are a few situations you can get into if you break your neck at the chiropractor.”

He claimed: “Sometimes people come to us with strokes and a chiropractor manipulates their neck. You end up with a dissection of the vertebral artery, which leads to a stroke.”

“You could also cause your own vertebral artery dissection or other injury to the vessels in the neck structure.”

MailOnline has already reported cases of life-threatening neck fractures. In 2019, a father of two suffered a stroke after breaking his neck while stretching.

After Josh Hader of Oklahoma heard a popping noise, he felt numb, couldn’t walk straight and was hospitalized.

Hader told DailyMail.com that doctors told him that when he cracked his neck, he twisted it so quickly that he accidentally ruptured a blood vessel leading from his neck to his brain, causing the stroke.

A study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco also found that a broken neck could increase the risk of a stroke, the DailyMail reported.

Dr. Wade Smith, associate professor of neurology at the university, said: “We are not talking about a large number of victims here – but rare incidents do occur and doctors and patients should be aware of spinal manipulation therapy as a rare but potentially causative factor in strokes .” .’

Dr. Smith said chiropractors should warn their patients of the risk, while some should be screened in advance for symptoms of pre-existing conditions.

However, Professor Alan Breen from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic previously told the DailyMail that solid research had proven that neck manipulations had no greater impact on the vertebral arteries than normal neck movements.

He added: “It is simply not possible to ‘rupture’ a neck artery in the way suggested by the US researchers.” “It is extraordinary that anyone, let alone an experienced medical professional, has suggested such a possibility. “

The popular video by Dr. Arias has racked up nearly 40,000 views, and despite warnings, hundreds of people have taken to the comments, claiming they continue to break their necks.

“I’ve been cracking it every day for over 15 years. “If I can’t do that, I can’t get through the day,” one user commented.

Another user, who admitted to breaking his neck every day, said: “When I don’t do it, it feels weird.”

One hypermobile user said, “My throat cracks when I take a deep breath!”

Meanwhile, one user asked, “What should we do when we feel like we need to break our necks? It makes me uncomfortable if I don’t.”

To which the doctor replied, “Just don’t do it often. Try massaging it first.”

Janice Dean

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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