I’m a GP – here’s the truth about the dangers of cracking your knuckles

HOW many times have you cracked your knuckles or stretched out your arm to satisfy your elbow only to have someone say over your shoulder, “Oh, you’ll get arthritis if you do that”?

Next time, however, you’ll be ready to dismiss your judgment.

Cracking your knuckles might not mean disaster after all

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Cracking your knuckles might not mean disaster after allPhoto credit: Shutterstock

“This is definitely an old wives’ tale!” Rachel Ward to Sun Health.

Over 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis and related joint disease and no, they haven’t all contracted it by cracking their ankles!

“This sharp cracking sound is actually due to the movement of gas bubbles in the joint, and it’s not known to be associated with an increased risk of arthritis,” says Dr. Rachel.

So go ahead, crack your knuckles and neck as often as you like, safe in the knowledge that you’re not settling into a lifetime of aching joint pains.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5505707/truth-about-dangers-cracking-knuckles/ I’m a GP – here’s the truth about the dangers of cracking your knuckles

Sarah Y. Kim

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