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Is it bad to crack your joints?

Is it bad to crack your joints?

Probably not: There is no scientific data to suggest that cracking your joints is bad for you. That said, it is probably not a good idea to repeatedly crack your joints out of concern that this behavior may lead to arthritis in the long term. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Is it true that it's ok to crack joints on your body?

Is it true that it's ok to crack joints on your body?

It is thought to be: Safe and benign, but if swelling or pain starts then certainly get it checked by an orthopod. ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean if you can't crack your joints?

Please explain what does it mean if you can't crack your joints?

AGING: SORRY...but older joints do not have the FLEXIBLE CARTILAGES young joints have so that "snapping" ("cracking") cannot occur (and the joint itself becomes less flexible!!

Hope this explains the reason for you

Dr Z ...Read more

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Why do all my joints seem to crack (painless) and how do I stop/reduce it from happening?

Why do all my joints seem to crack (painless) and how do I stop/reduce it from happening?

No one knows: There are a number of theories about why joints 'crack' or cavitate, but none have been proven. Some think that it is caused by small bubbles in the joint space, others believe it is caused by 'microadhesions.' Nothing needs to be done to stop it unless it starts causing you discomfort. ...Read more

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I can and do crack/adjust almost every joint in my body daily. Does this present a problem?

No: Cracking joints is not a problem. Once thought to be contributor to degenerative joint disease later in life, this popular belief has not stood the test of time and is no longer supported even by common people. ...Read more

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What to do if my joints crack?

Nothing: Cracking is normal and related to bursting of nitrogen bubbles. If there is no pain associated with the cracking, forget about it. ...Read more

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My joints crack all the time why is this?

See details: The sound is caused by bursting of nitrogen bubbles which are formed as the result of normal metabolism in the synovial fluid in the joint. Other causes include, rapid stretching of ligaments and cavitations in the joint which form a partial vacuum and then rapidly collapse. ...Read more

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Why might someone's joints crack/pop when they move?

Why might someone's joints crack/pop when they move?

Probably normal: Joint cracking is normal and is often caused by bursting of nitrogen bubbles. ...Read more

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What are the causes of some joints to crack when moved?

See details: It is nothing and due to bursting of tiny nitrogen and carbon dioxide bubbles in the joint. ...Read more

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All my joints crack all the time, why is this and what to do?

All my joints crack all the time, why is this and what to do?

Many theories.. .: ...Such as nitrogen bubbles popping in the synovial fluid is 1, what 2 do, nothing. U will never b a good catburgler as u will announce ur presence by the noisy joints. ...Read more

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Why do I get a strong urge to crack my joints when I use listerine?

That's a new one...: I have to admit...I've not been asked this yet. It may be more psychological, as I can think of no medical reason why this would occur. ...Read more

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Is it bad for your joints to crack them when they are perfectly healthy?

No: There is no evidence that joint cracking does much harm beyond increasing connective tissue laxity. It's mostly harmless. ...Read more

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I'm only 20, but my joints crack, what please tell me what is wrong with me now?

I'm only 20, but my joints crack, what please tell me what is wrong with me now?

See below: This is a common phenomena---it is due to Nitric Oxide bubbles popping in your joint and it is benign---but if it continues to bother you see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have extremely clicky joints for a person of my age? (Including back neck ect;) is their anyway to stop the need to crack my back?

Hypermobility: Hypermobility is more common in younger people. They have joints and ligaments considered to be particularly lax, and frequently snap and pop at the end point of normal range of motion. This is not in and of itself dangerous, but hyperextension injuries are more common. A good exercise program aimed at improving overall muscle tone can help. ...Read more

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Is it bad for you to crack your finger joints?

I am not sure: The study of 300 people how cracks there fingers, -cracking was not associated with arthritis, it was associated with damage to ligaments that surround the joint and dislocation of tendons. There may also be a connection with soft tissue injuries. There is no real benefit either from cracking your knuckles and/or joints. ...Read more

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My joints crack so much. How can I prevent this?

Joints crack: Strengthening the supporting soft tissue structures (muscles, ligaments, tendons) is the key. ...Read more

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Why do my joints crack so much and can I help prevent this?

Why do my joints crack so much and can I help prevent this?

Ear muffs: Typically a 'pop' in a joint is a nitrogen bubble coming out of suspension. Avoid negative pressure within the joint.

At your age don't worry about it. A good treatment would be some earmuffs! ...Read more

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Child has JRA and her joints crack and cause much pain when they crack. Is this from her JRA?

Child has JRA and her joints crack and cause much pain when they crack. Is this from her JRA?

Joints cracking: Joints that pop or crack with movement is very common and although it is sometimes uncomfortable, most people do not characterize it as being very painful. The fact is we don't know exactly why joints pop but usually it does not require any treatment. You child needs to be followed by a doctor more because they have JRA than the cracking itself. Good luck :) ...Read more

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Why did my arm crack really bad when I barely moved it? All my joints do that, its painful and what can I do to stop it from doing that?

Why did my arm crack really bad when I barely moved it? All my joints do that, its painful and what can I do to stop it from doing that?

Joint pain: Check with your doctor. He or she can run tests to see if you are starting to get arthritis. Medications an help this from progressing if you have arthritis. The sooner you get checked the better. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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How can I stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now I have pain all down my leg, wasn't even doing anything, I take extra d's?

How can I stop my joints from cracking, my leg cracked this morning and now I have pain all down my leg, wasn't even doing anything, I take extra d's?

Possible arthritis: When you mention your leg cracked are you referring to your knee? If so knee cracking or creditable can be a symptom of osteoarthritis. With mild OA regular activity and maintenance of an ideal body weight can help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis, Aleve, and Motrin can be taken. If the cracking continues or if the joint becomes unstable you might need further medical treatment. ...Read more

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Why do my joints crack so much? I drink a lot of water.

Benign: Joint cracking is almost always benign, reflecting pressure changes in the joints. Since we humans are all different in our own ways, it appears that your body has a tendency to have joints that crack. Nothing to worry about, unless you begin to notice persistent associated pain, in which case you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why do your joints crack after you sprain them?

Exact reason is unk-: Nown. It doesn't happen in everyone who has had injury to a ligament. Some people are just able to crack their joints. ...Read more

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I accidentally cracked my joint in my right thumb and it hurts for 2weeks why?

I accidentally cracked my joint in my right thumb and it hurts for 2weeks why?

Evaluation: You should see your doctor to be evaluated and have X ray of your hand to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

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My elbow joint cracks with mild pain. Its difficult for me to adjust, what to do?

Need to be evaluated: Difficulty moving your elbow with pain needs to be investigated to make sure that there is no other pathology ...Read more