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Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Knuckle Cracking

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  • According to recent research, knuckle-cracking does not appear to be a risk factor for osteoporosis in that joint
  • Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older individuals, but can also be caused by repetitive stress or acute trauma. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, can affect you at any age
  • While different diseases, many treatments are identical for either of these conditions, including optimizing your: vitamin D, omega-3, and intestinal flora. Other helpful treatments include dietary interventions, sulfur-based foods and/or supplements, astaxanthin, curcumin and low-dose naltrexone

By Dr. Mercola

Do you crack or "pop" your knuckles? Some believe it may cause, or worsen, joint conditions such as arthritis. However, according to the featured research, knuckle-cracking does not appear to be a risk factor for osteoporosis in that joint.


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