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Does Cracking Your Knuckles Lead to Arthritis?

Wrist & Hand Treatments Santa Rosa, CAHere at Redwood Orthopaedic Associates, we see patients for a variety of different issues including arthritis in the hands and all across the body. But much like with anything, there are a lot of so-called facts circulating arthritis. If you grew up hearing that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis, then this article is definitely for you, and if you’re the type of parent or grandparent who tells your family members the same thing, then you’ll also want to read more. Let’s jump right into things.

Does Cracking Your Knuckles lead to Arthritis?

You may want to sit down for this, but the answer to this question is an astounding, “No.” In fact, knuckle crackers are not more prone to developing arthritis in their hands than non-knuckle crackers.

Why Do Your Knuckles Crack?

Your joints are surrounded by a lot of fluid. When there are gas bubbles in your fluid, then it can lead to the popping and cracking noises that you hear in your joints like when you crack your knuckles, but it’s harmless.

Is It Bad for Your Hands to Crack Your Knuckles?

Even though cracking your knuckles isn’t going to give you arthritis, it may cause some other problems. In particular, patients who have been observed for knuckle cracking experience both a weaker grip and more swelling in their hands; both of which are reasons enough to quit that knuckle cracking habit for good.

One thing to know for sure is that cracking your knuckles won’t lead to arthritis. If, however, you are experiencing swelling, pain, or stiffness in your hand joints, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our staff at Redwood Orthopaedic Associates. To schedule your appointment, contact our Santa Rosa office today and give us a call at (707) 544-3400.

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