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Crack, Pop, Crunch..: Yeah. For everyone around you. It's annoying- and makes you look nervous or uncomfortable. It's like cracking your gum all the time. And yes, it can put chronic strain on the joint capsules and lead to laxity and maybe even some arthritis down the line. Every now and then, OK (like once or twice an hour; or just before a fight). Otherwise knock it off. Try tightly clenching your fists instead. ...Read more
None: Knuckle cracking does not cause joint damage. It just annoys others who have to listen to it. ...Read more
My hands are still cold & knuckles off & on turning a purplish blue? Why is this happening, is there something wrong with me? Never had this problem before, my body feels warm, it's just my hands. They feel like icicles, they are so cold. My knuckles have
Yes : Yes this is abnormal and needs to be checked out. You have a problem with circulation to your hands. This could be relative to small blood vessels in your hand as in certain rheumatological conditions i.E raynauds. Or you might have a problem with larger vessels though less likely. This is much less common than in the legs and less commonly involving both hands. It can also happen with abnormal pressure on larger vessels though also not common. The important point is that you should get checked out as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In cold weather my hands get inflamed between the knuckles and the wrist? Could this be a circulation problem?
Could be circulation: It is fairly common to get tingling and stiffness in the hands with cold weather. May be mild, or may be something called raynaud's syndrome. Try the simple things first... Wear gloves and keep hands warm. If it really bothers you, and you have poor pulses, mention it to your primary md. Might ask you family members if they have similar symptoms as well. ...Read more
Ever since I was a child i've had the bad habit of cracking my bones, my neck, elbow, nuckles, wrist, back, ankle, and toes. Can this be a problem?
Not really: Although it may gross out people, it really hasn't been shown to cause long-term damage to the joints themselves. Subjectively people say their joints get stiffer when they're popped a lot, but x-rays don't usually show damage has occurred. ...Read more
Rather than : Trying to self -diagnose - seek medical eval. X-rays can be used to rule out fractures. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on who's doing it and why. If you're doing it as a nervous habit, then it's likely not doing you any good. If it's a do (or even a chiropractor) doing it to treat a specific problem, then it can be a good thing. Think of it like a pill. The right pill for the right thing can be good while the same pill for the wrong thing can be bad. ...Read more
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