Healthy Moms

June 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

So I have heard so many different stories about whether or not cracking your knuckles can lead to arthritis. What do you ladies think about this?


  • runner-mom
    June 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    I'm pretty sure that's an old wives tale.  The "cracking" you hear is just a build up of natural gases in the synovial fluids in your joint capsules bursting when you stretch the joint.   You can however, stretch your ligaments over time if you are constantly cracking your knuckles.

    And it is my biggest pet peeve. I don't know why, lol, but the sound of cracking knuckles sends chills up my spine! I HATE it!

    edit*** a quick google search confirmed.  It's just an old wives tale'

  • smurfy88
    June 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    My nana freaks out when I crack my knuckles too, she gets so mad haha

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