Can Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis


Though many find it extremely annoying, there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles will lead to osteoarthritis.  In a short study by Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital, two groups of people were compared, those who crack their knuckles and those who leave their hands alone.  Researchers found no discernible difference between the two groups for developing osteoarthritis.

The study did find that those who had this nervous tic, were far more likely to have weaker grips and greater hand swelling than compared to their counterparts.  As for  developing osteoarthritis, it is more likely due to genetics and old age.

Reference: Health – 109

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