Knuckle Cracking and Hand Osteoarthritis

If you’re like many, cracking your knuckles can become habit and you may wonder if this is causing harm. Many report that joints feel better, looser and more mobile after “cracking” them. The medical term for the popping sound that you hear is crepitus. Kids may think that cracking knuckles is fun and creates a cool noise thus turning this act into a habit. Is cracking knuckles normal? In most cases, yes, it is normal to have joints that crack or pop. Normally, there is no pain associated with doing it. How does the sound occur? Researchers have pondered this notion for many years and have come up with various theories. Consistent with all theories is the release of gases upon cracking. Acco

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