"Will Cracking My Knuckles Lead To Arthritis?"

"Will Cracking My Knuckles Lead to Arthritis?"

This is a frequent question our patients ask. It used to be thought that cracking one's knuckles could lead to arthritis, or degeneration of the finger joints. Research has since 'debunked' this myth.

Knuckle 'cracking' is actually the formation of a nitrogen gas bubble, which immediately collapses and creates the sound we hear and feel.

However, pain during the process of cracking your knuckles is not normal and should be evaluated by a medical provider!

For more information about knuckle "cracking," check out this article from WebMD!…/…/joint-cracking-osteoarthritis

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