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I crack my knuckles a lot does that mean I have arthritis

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
No: Most people who are able to crack their knuckles have some laxity (extra stretch) in their ligaments but not arthritis in the joints.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: How do you stop any habit? By making a conscious effort not to keep doing it.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
YOU SHOULD: AVOID doing this since you are putting stress/strain on the CARTILAGE in those joints! Cut it out! (Besides the fact that it may be annoying to othe ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Difficult to say: 'popping 'of the shoulder as long as it painless and not associated w/instability is not anything to worry about.Alot of joints'pop'for various reason ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Motion: If the cyst big enough that it is limiting your motion?
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See someone: See your primary provider or a rheumatologist. You may have an inflammatory condition such as tendonitis (affecting the tendon or "leaders") or synovi ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Unsure what the Ques: tion is? Any injury or tingling or numbness?? Seeing your PCP will be helpful and probably XRs. He/She can then refer you onwards to the respective sp ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
25 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: There has been no scientific evidence that there is a risk of long term damage from knuckle cracking.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details.: Cracking your knuckles has nothing to do with it. if the finger is swollen, have it evaluated.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mihalich
20 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
No: Cracking is usually not associated with arthritis.

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