Arthritis pain - does cracking your knuckles cause the joint pain condition?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including young children, said the NHS.

The condition causes pain and inflammation in the joints, making movement difficult and restrictive.

Common arthritis symptoms include having warm, red skin over the affected joints, and inflammation in and around the joints.

Some people believe that cracking your knuckles increases the risk of arthritis, but it’s actually a myth, it’s been revealed.

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The cracking is due to a release of gas [oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide] that builds up in the joint

Babylon Health

Cracking or popping the joints in your hands doesn’t cause arthritis, said medical advisor Babylon Health.

The ‘pop’ is caused by a release of gas that has built up in the joints.

Once the gas has been released, you can’t re-pop them until more gas has had enough time to build up again.

“The cracking is due to a release of gas [oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide] that builds up in the joint,” it said.

“It does not increase the risk of arthritis.

“This is why after you’ve cracked them once or twice you can't immediately crack them again because the gases need time to build up.”

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