A 27-year-old member asked:
is it possible for children to get arthritis from cracking their joints?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Unlikely: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A child with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects.
Dr. Michael Laccheo answered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
Pediatrics 30 years experience
No: Not over 10, 20 or 30 years. Over 50 or 60, possibly. A single controlled study over 50 years cracking fingers says no.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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