Is Cracking Knuckles Good for You?

Some individuals have the tendency to crack their bones because of stress, frustration, or pure satisfaction. However, a widely led misconception is that people who crack their bones will further their likelihood of having arthritis. Luckily that is not the case.

When people crack their bones they are releasing nitrogen bubbles within the synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is the fluid that is found between the cavities of the bones that lubricates joints. Think of it as this way, synovial fluid is the tin man’s oil from Wizard of Oz. When you crack your bones you are just releasing pressure between your joints.

In the end, cracking your joints is not bad for you and it has nothing to do with arthritis. However, if you do have pain, swelling, or stiffness in any of your joints, then you should consult with a doctor. These may be signs of arthritis unrelated to releasing these nitrogen bubbles.

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