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Is it true that people can get arthritis (in their fingers) from cracking their fingers?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is an old wives tale.
Cracking your fingers does not cause any damage.

In brief: No

This is an old wives tale.
Cracking your fingers does not cause any damage.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Unlikely to happen

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 to happen

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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