Dear Dr. Walt,
Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis?
Arthritic in Alabama
Nope. According to the experts at the Arthritis Foundation, “Snapping and popping of joints is common. The sound you hear is caused by air bubbles in the synovial fluid—the liquid that surrounds and lubricates your joints—and by the snapping of tightly stretched ligaments as they slide off one bony surface onto another. When not accompanied by pain, noisy joints are harmless.”
Nevertheless, I don’t usually recommend that people continually snap or pop their joints. And, if noisy joints are accompanied by other symptoms, such as redness, pain, stiffness, or locking, it’s time to visit your doctor’s joint.
This Q&A was originally published in the July 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Living.
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