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`Snapping` in neck/shoulder



What does it mean when there is a "snapping", like a rubber band in your neck/shoulder?


The most common cause of a "snapping" sensation in the neck and shoulder is due to ligaments rubbing over bony prominences or inflamed tendons that rub over bony prominences. If this is a painful snapping, it should be evaluated by a physician, but it is still most likely representative of a benign ligamentous or tendinous cause.

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Response by:

Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati