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Is cracking your knuckles bad?

i've heard that it can make them bigger over time and that it can also cause arthritis...is this true?

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Knuckle cracking causing arthritis is an old wives tale brought about by sheer coincidence. To date there's no actual evidence to suggest that it does and scientists have discredited the belief. In fact, one scientist conducted a life-long experiment in which every day he cracked all the knuckles in one hand and not the other, and to the day he died he never had arthritis. Arthritis is entirely caused by genetics and is passed down similarly to other traits, like hair colour or earlobes.
However! Cracking knuckles may cause you to have a weak grip later on in life. There seem to be conflicting beliefs about this but generally speaking, I'd advice against knuckle cracking.

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Yes it is true, I cracked my knuckles A LOT as a teen, and now I have the worst kind of arthritis ... Trust me, not something you want.

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Arthritis is genetic. You were just unlucky I'm afraid, it has nothing to do with cracking your knuckles, though if you find it hard to grip things then that's likely down to the cracking.
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I Will stop Now!
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It doesn't have to be genetics, I have NO ONE in my family(Not since the 1800 or before atleast) that has arthritis, cracking knuckles can lead to arthritis though, it is because when you crack your knuckles, your letting fluid out, it is like oxygen/water to metal = rust, knuckly fluid to muscles = arthritis.
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no,it is just bubbles popping in the fluid between joints

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really, truly?
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buttonz

Yeah! I keep telling my bro that. He cracks his neck, back, toes, legs, fingers, arms. Its so annoying. You can get arthritis

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It's a different story with everyone. Some people say it can cause arthritis, and some say that that is a myth. I crack my knuckles, although I'm trying to stop because my hands keep cramping up. Please don't comment and say it's arthritis or early stages of it because I am sure it's not.

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boondox4l
Yea i only crack them cause they cramp up
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Me too, and that's the problem for me trying to stop. The last time I stopped cracking my knuckles I had to have my friend slap me as hard as she could on my hands any time I did it. Maybe I should try that again...
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boondox4l
No your fine. Just crack them till ur pleased
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boondox4l

No my doctor told me in wasn't true

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Yes, it can cause athritist.

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I think it is. I heard that your knuckles become crooked after a long time. My brothers fingers are getting that way

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yes cuz u can get arthritis but... i crack my knuckles sooo:)

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Just wait until you hit 40 mate

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DeclairedOk

it's a crockofshit. Many joints crack during exercise warm ups. Exercise prevents arthritis later in life.

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