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Is cracking your knuckles bad for you?

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 5:03pm

AllportHD

AllportHD

36 posts

It's not bad for you in anyway. The cracking sound you can hear is actually just gas bubbles popping!

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 5:06pm

R2D21999

R2D21999

8,090 posts

Yes that was already said in the post above you.

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 5:37pm

winmaster1

winmaster1

637 posts

dont like to cant even crack them

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 6:35pm

dragonball05

dragonball05

1,571 posts

It's not the bones anyway.. what does the popping sound is gas bubbles bursting and dispersing in the tissue, slowly accumulating again over time.

This is what I have found to be true. And also like others said before, the only real damage that can be done is if you force a crack. Like for instance, if one of your fingers isn't cracking, do not try to force it, or you may end up putting too much stress on that joint. I crack pretty much everything, but I try not to force them, especially when I crack my back. The more important the structure the joint is on, the more careful I would say you need to be when cracking. But as long as you do that, not much is gonna happen except for forming a bad habit I supposed (which some others find annoying, but oh well :P).

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 6:35pm

Cranium80

Cranium80

460 posts

the worst it'll do is give you arthritis in those joints

It doesn't give you arthritis, but over time you will get swelling in the joint (especially the fluid inside the joint) and that will lead to the same type of symptoms that you would get from arthritis. Cracking knuckles isn't especially bad for you, but is probably best avoided if you can. Cracking your neck (as I or others I know do) can be very bad for you as you can easily hyperextend the ligaments around the neck vertebrae with cause the muscles to have to work harder to keep your neck up, which leads to more tension in those joints, which makes you feel like you have to crack it again...

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 6:42pm

dragonball05

dragonball05

1,571 posts

Funny, the first thing I did when I read your comment, Cranium, was crack my neck. Ah, the power of unintentional suggestion :P

 

Posted Jan 6, '13 at 6:42pm

sourwhatup2

sourwhatup2

3,255 posts

I have looked this up a few times. Apparently it's not exactly a bad thing, it's just gas bubbles that burst in the joints. Though the only real bad thing it can do is cause you to lose some grip, but that's about it.

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 3:27am

GandalftheGrey666

GandalftheGrey666

1,786 posts

I always crack my knees,and nothing happens.Our joints are amazingly flexible.We don't need the Big balls from Total Wipeout to stay flexible!

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 7:20am

Cranium80

Cranium80

460 posts

Funny, the first thing I did when I read your comment, Cranium, was crack my neck. Ah, the power of unintentional suggestion :P

Who said it was unintentional? (j/k) :-p

 

Posted Jan 7, '13 at 11:40am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,970 posts

Though the only real bad thing it can do is cause you to lose some grip, but that's about it.

You can strengthen your finger strength and grip by working the muscles, perhaps by squeezing a stress ball.

 
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