Will cracking my knuckles cause arthritis?Will cracking my knuckles cause arthritis?

I've heard it will. Is it true?

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Kaleb Michaud, PhD says:

Nope. This is a popular old-wives tale; after studies looked into it over a decade ago, there were no signs of arthritis with those who "popped" their knuckles. While it likely doesn't cause arthritis, continued or chronic "cracking" has been associated with minor bruising and ligament damage.

Answered on: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 16:17


Commenting: Guest
08/08/2011 - 15:57

While it is true that there is no evidence that cracking knuckles will lead to arthritis, trauma to a joint can. If you injure your hand and there is swelling, tenderness or inflammation in a joint and it does not want to pop then it might be in your good not to try and force it to pop. This may cause further injury to a joint.


Commenting: Guest
11/20/2014 - 05:21

Thus being an orthopedic surgeon I can say no.. there has been not a single evidence that cracking knuckles will lead to arthritis,. Arthritis is common among people who have crossed their 40 . it is often characterized by the weakening of knee muscles followed by the difficulty to move.

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