Can popping your knuckles cause arthritis?

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Can popping your knuckles cause arthritis?
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Wed, 02-27-2013 - 9:23am

I have a bad habit of cracking my knuckles and people tell me that I'm going to get arthritis from it. I always thought that was just a myth but I heard it again yesterday from someone so I'd like to know the truth-can popping your knuckles cause arthritis?

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Registered: 08-16-2001
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 4:08pm

Rest assured, it IS a myth.  Popping, or cracking, your knuckles will not cause arthritis.  The sound you hear is the harmless release of a build-up of gas in the knuckle spaces.  So pop away!  :)

Molly
Arthritis Central

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