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July 18, 2023

Woman accidentally breaks her own neck ‘with her own hands’

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A woman has revealed how she accidentally broke her own neck while trying to crack it, during what she described as her “normal morning routine” back when she was in college.

In the now viral video on TikTok, user Lily (@lilyzacharias) demonstrated how she usually cradles her neck with both hands before twisting it until it ‘cracks’.

“I’m gonna crack my neck, everything will be fine!!” the text overlay reads, before it cuts to show photos of her younger self in a neck brace.

You can watch the video above.

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A woman has shared how she managed to break her own neck when she was trying to crack it.
A woman has shared how she managed to break her own neck when she was trying to crack it. (TikTok)

“Breaks my neck with my own hands and spends the first 2 weeks of collage in a neck brace,” she added.

Neck “popping” or “cracking” is a common phenomenon that occurs naturally with neck movements. But as Professor of Stroke Medicine at Keele University, Christine Roffe, explains in a piece for The Conversation some people also crack their neck deliberately.

“While the term might suggest a violent movement, the sound is not caused by bones or ligaments cracking, but by a minor stretch leading to a temporary separation of the joint surfaces and the development of a gas bubble,” Roffe explained.

“Habitual neck poppers induce such cracking to relieve tension or to improve neck pain.”

Indeed, in a second video Lily uploaded (that’s also been viewed more than 8.2 million times) she explained that cracking her neck was something she did every morning, even though her mother warned her against it.

“She would be like, ‘Please stop, you’re going to break your neck’,” she said.

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It was during her freshman year at the University of Missouri back in 2013, when one morning instead of hearing “pop, pop, pop” like usual, it went “pop, pop, snap.”

“I was in pain. Like big time pain,” she added.

After a trip to the hospital, she was told she had suffered a compression fracture of her top two vertebrae and that she had strained and sprained “almost every tendon and ligament” in her neck.

As Roffe explained, habitual neck popping “can weaken the ligaments that hold together the joints between the vertebrae, allowing for more extensive neck movement.”

Lily had to spend two weeks in a neck brace and complete a month of physical therapy.

In the comments people were shocked she was able to do much damage.

“This is what EVERYONE in my life warns me about,” one person wrote.

“Alright… I’ll take this as my warning and stop… thanks for saving me from possible pain and bills and suffering,” another person said.

While a third lamented: ”But without popping my neck I’m extremely uncomfortable.”

‘Neck cracking’ is an integral part of spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors and physiotherapists to alleviate neck pain and generally shouldn’t be done without expert supervision.

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