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    Does cracking your knuckles give you arthritis?

    Pop and crack knuckles give you arthritis?
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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, examined 300 knuckle crackers for evidence of joint damage.

    Results found no apparent correlation between joint cracking and arthritis, however, those continuing repeated popping joints showed signs of other types of damage. These included soft tissue damage to the joint capsule and a decrease in grip strength. This damage is most likely a result of the rapid, repeated stretching of the ligaments surrounding the joint. 

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