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The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation and it can be used to refer to more than 100 different diseases that cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and sometimes permanent joint damage. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and can affect anyone at any age.

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Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis?

Arthritis and Cracking KnucklesThe reason people associate knuckle-cracking with arthritis because it makes a cracking noise and, if something cracks, it must be being damaged. However, the truth is that nothing is being cracked.

A joint is any place where the ends of two bones meet. Where the bones come together they have a covering of "articular cartilage." This is surrounded by the "joint capsule," inside of which there is synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is the lubricant for the joint and also serves as a source of nutrients for the cells that look after the cartilage.

Synovial fluid has dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide within it. When the right pressure is applied to a joint, the area inside the joint capsule expands. However, the expansion is limited by how much synovial fluid is contained in the joint. Synovial fluid cannot expand unless pressure inside the joint capsule drops and the dissolved gases can escape out of the fluid. The cracking sound comes from the gases rapidly being released from the fluid.

There have been a few studies to see whether or not cracking knuckles caused arthritis. None have found that there was an increase of arthritis among knuckle-crackers; nevertheless, a relationship was discovered between knuckle-cracking, hand swelling and lower grip strength, damage to ligaments surrounding the joints and dislocation of tendons.

The conclusion of the studies indicated that while knuckle-cracking was not associated with arthritis, it was associated with damage to ligaments that surround the joint and dislocation of tendons. There may also be a connection with soft tissue injuries.

For those that would like a more in depth view of tests done on a sample of 300 knuckle-crackers, go to the Related Link below.

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  • Cracking your knuckles wears away the cartilage between the joints over a long period of time. This is one of the causes of arthritis. Other causes of arthritis are completely unrelated, like for example, you can inherit it from your parents, or get it because of a disease like Lupus. So, I guess if you might get it anyway, and you might not know if it was your's or your parents fault, go ahead and crack away.
  • Don't listen to those people that tell you cracking your knuckles will cause you to have arthritis. At this point it's just a speculation, not wild, but certainly not founded on anything but misconceptions. All you're doing is playing with the physiology and chemistry of your body a bit. There are good and bad sides to this. Here's a rather complete site if you want to read more (which keeps me from typing it all out): howstuffworks.
  • No, of course it doesn't. A study focused on 300 habitual knuckle crackers found no evidence linking knuckle cracking and arthritis. Chronic crackers did suffer other harm, including soft tissue damage and loss of grip strength. This damage is usually minor, however, and cracking your knuckles actually has some benefits -- you'll feel looser and enjoy more mobility in your joints immediately after popping.
  • No, it only elongates the joints over time and gives you the appearance of longer fingers.
  • No. I'm 20 and I have been cracking my knuckles (toes, back, neck...) since third grade. My knuckles, if I pull the skin tight are a bit larger than normal, but it's not noticeable. My fingers don't look long to me.
  • This is an old wife's tale that has been debunked many times. The crackling sound when you 'crack' your knuckles is just the release of gases (nitrogen if I recall) back into your bloodstream. No one has ever shown that this is in any way harmful but it can be annoying if done habitually. That's probably why the arthritis story originated, an annoyed parent wanted to scare his kids into stopping the practice.
  • I am a paramedic student and EMT, and have also posed this question to my anatomy professor in the past and to nurse and paramedic instructor back in paramedic school. All cracking your knuckles does is release gas build up between the joints and has nothing to do with arthritis. P.S.: The cracking of knuckles is nothing compaired to the every day abuse the joints go through in every day normal use.
  • It takes 20+ minutes for the gases and fluids to get back into your knuckles to get poped again. and it has been proven that the worst thing that can happen is a slightly stretched ligament which is not harmful at all. it is perfectly fine. Don't do your neck though: let the chiropractors do that.
  • Not everybody's joints crack. Some people have a larger separation between the bones and some people can't relax enough to allow the bones to separate. If you can crack and your mom tells you, you're going to get arthritis, she's just yanking your chain. There is no scientific evidence that cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis. However, it can't be good to repeatedly push a joint beyond its normal physical range. Besides that, it's annoying. Cracking your knuckles can cause a decrease in your grip but unless you're signing any multi-million dollar contracts as a pitcher, it's not worth giving up. But it's still annoying.
  • Of course it doesn't. I've been doing it for years and if anything, it increases felxibility and keeps your fingers supple. I would know, I play the guitar and the piano and it always helps.
  • No is your answer, i am a sports and fitness major and i have askeds many of my Prof. and they all say the same thing there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles inflames the joints and leads to arthritis. the cracking causes the bones to pull apart, forming a gas bubble in the joint, and that's what makes the sound.
  • There has never been a meaningful study done that has shown knuckle cracking to be harmful to the finger joints. 25% of Americans crack habitually.
  • Cracking your knuckles will likely not cause arthritis. There is no evidence that it will. However, as a long time knuckle cracker I can tell you that there are dangers to knuckle cracking. You can sprain your joints if you are not careful.
  • I have always cracked my fingers, toes and arm. I also have arthritis and know that it is inherited from my mother (who does not crack). Has anyone thought about maybe it could be the other way around, maybe having arthritis even in the early stages makes some people need to crack their joints. Maybe it is a condition where some people have excess nitrogen buildup in their joints, making them feel uncomfortable and causing pain and related some how to having arthritis.
  • It has been found that there is no relationship between arthritis and knuckle-cracking. There are two main types of arthritis osteo which is non inflammatory form of arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease effecting the joints.
  • No there is absolutely no evidence that knuckle-cracking causes any sort of arthritis.
  • Arthritis is a problem that causes a wearing away of normal joint surfaces. Joints are the points where two bones meet each other. These junctions have special linings on the bones to allow motion at the joints. When this special lining (cartilage) is worn away, arthritis is the condition that results.
  • Finger and thumb arthritis is common, because there are 27 bones in each hand! This means that there are many joints in the fingers that can develop arthritis. Furthermore, we are very dependent on our fingers for many normal activities. Any problem that affects these joints can limit many normal activities.
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What is arthritis?

Arthritis Arthritis refers mainly to the degeneration or wearing out of a joint, but includes more then 100 different diseases that cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and damage to the joints. some forms of Arthritis can affect other organs of the body as well. The main forms of Arthritis are Osteoarthritis which is caused mainly by wear tear and trauma.

Rheumatoid arthritis which is a autoimmune disease. And gout which is caused by too much uric acid accumulating in the blood and pseudo gout can be the result of too much calcium building up in joints the exact root causes for most forms of arthritis is however not known.

For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation or visit their website.

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Weddings
Jewelry

Do arthritis rings help straighten a crooked pinky finger?

No

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Osteoarthritis

What is facet osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can cause the breakdown of cartilage between facet joints. This causes pain as well as loss of motion and stiffness.

The facet joints are in the back portion or posterior of the spine. They combine with the disc space to create a three joint complex at each vertebral level. These joints consist of two opposing bony surfaces that should have cartilage between them and a capsule around it that produces fluid.

The cartilage and the fluid combine to allow the joint to move with little friction. However, with facet joint arthritis, the cartilage breaks down causing more friction with joint movement. This leads to a loss of motion stiffness and back pain.

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Nuts

Does eating peanuts aggravate arthritis?

Yes, peanuts and peanut butter can aggravate arthritis.

I was a peanut butter eater all my life, I am now 58. I would have starved to death if nobody had invented peanut butter, it was my main diet many days. Now I cannot eat peanut butter, it aggravates my arthritis. I tried almond butter and it was a lot worst than peanut butter. I find cashews bad too.

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Can arthritis cause a pinched nerve?

The inflammation that often comes with arthritiscan put pressure on nerves.

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Laboratory Testing

What is the reason behind these blood and urine tests by the way I have rheumatoid arthritis CBC With Plts ESR Complete Metabolic Panel Urinalysis with albumin C3 C4 ANA RF T4 Free TSH CPK Aldolase?

A complete blood count (CBC), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C protein, rheumatoid factor (RF), and antinuclear antibody (ANA) may be done for patients with suspected rheumatoid arthritis (RA). CBC may show anemia; ESR and C protein may be elevated as a reflection of the inflammatory aspect of the disease. RF is present in 70% of RA patients, and ANA is present in 30%; the latter two reflect the autoimmune component of the disease.

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Gout

Are pecans good for uric acid?

pecan nuts are one of the lowest purine containing foods making it fine in a uric acid diet. Purine is what is eventually converted into Uric acid by the body.(Between 0 and 50mg of purine to 100 grams)

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Gout

Is chicken eating safe for gout patients?

White meat is recommended so long as it is kept within reason.

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What happens when you have arthritis?

There are more then a hundred different forms of arthritis, However the thing they all have in common is that they effect the joints of the body and the result is joint stiffness pain and joint destruction if treatment is not instigated to stop or at least slow it down. some forms of arthritis are a result of joint damage caused by wear and tear or trauma such as broken bones for example. these are referred to as non inflammatory arthritis , Osteoarthritis is the biggest example of this. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system rejecting connective tissue like cartilage and other tissue in other organs of the body this can be a debilitating disease that effect more then just the joints. gout is a form of arthritis that happens as a result of uric acid crystals building up in joints causing excruciating pain. these are just a few of the different forms of arthritis.

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Can dehydration lead to joint pain?

There is evidence that dehydration can cause arthritis pain. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

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Gout

Would gout be considered a pre-existing condition - if it subsequently moves to your hands - after taking out the insurance would it be considered pre existing?

If you had gout any where in your body previously then it is a pretty safe bet that it wil be described as a pre-existing condition iif you get it any where else. Gout is the result of uric acid crystals forming in your blood stream because you are not able to eliminate it with urine fast enough. That is the condition, Where you get it and when is part of the overall symptoms.

The reason that people want to know whether a condition would be considered PRE-EXISTING is because they want to know if it would be covered under the health policy. The answer varies from carrier to carrier. In some cases it would be covered at no difference in price; in some cases they would charge you extra; in MOST casees it would be excluded from coverage.

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Scoliosis

Is scoliosis a disability?

in the case of an SSDI application, it is always determined if the applicant can return to past work. If that is deemed not possible then it is determined if the applicant can be given any form of alternative work. If that also is not possible then the applicant's case will be approved for a medical vocational allowance. Thus in most of the cases it is through this route that people claim the social security disability benefits.

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Mayonnaise

Is mayonnaise good for uric acid diet?

Mayonnaise is one of the lowest purine containing foods making it fine in a uric acid diet. Purine is what is eventually converted into Uric acid by the body.(Between 0 and 50mg of purine to 100 grams)

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Why is lime good for arthritis?

Lime is good for arthritisbecause the citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is symmetric arthritis?

This would refer to the type of arthritis that tends to affect the same joints on both sides of the body at the same time, there is a symmetry to the way it flares and is generally Rheumatoid arthritis.

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Hair

Can sleeping with your hair wet cause arthritis?

No There is definitely no connection between the effects of wet hais and any form of arthritis. This idea probably comes from the old idea that there isa connection between rheumatism and cold damp conditions. which by the away don't have any bearing on arthritis either.

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Maltese Terriers

Are Maltese dogs likely to get arthritis?

Yes, Maltese are prone to many joint problems as they age. Mine is only 4 and she already has bad joints, but there are medications that your vet can give you to help. If it gets really bad they could need surgery.

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Acupuncture

How many people use acupuncture?

Seven Hundred Billion Love. GFYS

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How is arnica good for arthritis?

Arnica

Arnica Montana

It is claimed that arnica Relieves aches; an anti-inflammatory and immune enhancer

However acording to Arthritis today from the Artritis foundation, it's among supplements to avoid because it can cause miscarriages, allergic reactions, paralysis, heart palpitations, death.

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What is the scientific name of gout?

Abnormally high uric acid levels in the blood are known as hyperuricemia.

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How does gout lead to hypertension?

It seems that gout does not necessarily lead to hypertension( high blood pressure) but lifestyle choices that increase the chances of having gout also increase the chance of hypertension.

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Can wheat bran cause joint inflammation?

at present ther is no evidence linking diet with arthritis aside from gout and some alergic reactions.

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Can prolonged typing on the computer cause arthritis?

The actual cause of arthritis is not known, However for a person that has a predisposition involving one or another type of atrhiritis is likely to have a problem with it more quickly.

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Does cinnamon powder and honey help gout?

the major constituent of honey is fructose. a recent study showed that people that drank drinks containing fructose had a higher risk of gout. the risk was comparable to 30 -50 ml of alcohol

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