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A 21-year-old male asked:

My left hand /fingers pop/crack everytime i make a tight fist. what could it be? i'm only 21 but i am an athlete.

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Should be OK: We used think that knuckle-cracking is bad and one may develop arthritis..There is no such evidence. As long as you are not having pain or instability in your joints/hands, popping/crackling by itself is likely harmless.. If you have additional concern, consult doc. Good luck.

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