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Is it possible to develop arthritis from cracking bones too much?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Cracking your knuckles or other joints does not cause arthritis.

In brief: No

Cracking your knuckles or other joints does not cause arthritis.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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 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: 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 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
Dr. Robert Kwok
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