Does knuckle cracking cause arthritis?
Short answer, no! According to Boutin et al.(2017) there were no changes to physical examination findings following knuckle cracking (no swelling or changes to joint laxity). Nor have there been findings to suggest knuckle cracking related to osteoarthrosis of the hand (Castellanos and Axelrod, 1990). However, knuckle cracking has been associated with decreased grip strength (Castellanos and Axelrod, 1990) and some increased movement around joints that cracked compared with those that did not (Boutin et al., 2017). #darwin #NT #physio #physiotherapy #rehab # sportsrehab #sport #exercise