Popping sound in the back

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Neuro Corner Answers


Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors


Question

JENNIFER WRITES:

Why does my boy’s back pop sometimes? I mentioned it to my vet and then he noticed it too when he was examining him. He said he thinks it’s related to his t11 and t12 issue but acted puzzled. I notice it sometimes happens when i lift him.

 

ANSWER

Popping can sometimes be appreciated when articular facets are degenerative.

The articular facets are part of a vertebra that form a joint with the adjacent vertebra.  The facets have cartilaginous surfaces and joint fluid enclosed by a joint capsule.  It is similar to fingers or knees that will crack or pop when moved.  It is unlikely the popping is directly related to the disk itself, but rather the articular facets.






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