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My joints crack when I move. Am I at risk for arthritis?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not just from noises
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 person 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.

In brief: Not just from noises
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 person 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. Robert Kwok
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Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: No
Mine do too.

In brief: No
Mine do too.
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