Rheumatology (including Arthritis)/Cracking knuckles
Therese wrote at 2010-02-26 03:28:24
I read your answer to Saskia, but I must add to it. I am a 58 year old female and I have been cracking my fingers for over 40 years as well and still cannot stop. One thumb has arthritis in 2 of the joints. I have been seeing an orthopedic and have had several unpleasant injections. I'm trying my best not to crack that particular thumb, but it is not easy. The joint is painful and large. My hands look horrible due to the oversized joints and years of abuse. I feel a remedy for me is way too late at this stage. They say smoking is the hardest habit to break but I was never a smoker. But I can surely say that my knuckle cracking addiction has the best of me. I'm unaware at times when I'm even cracking my joints. I even crack my toes and knees. I am to blame for the onset of my arthritis. Being a guitarist and I feel one day I will not be able to play anymore. I regret ever starting the first "pop" when I was a teenager when I got my brother to show me how it was done. I was one of 4 kids and the only one with this horrible habit. It was very annoying to my family and friends. So please understand it can lead to joint and even emotional problems.
Rusty wrote at 2013-06-22 21:41:00
Here is a link to some documentation about how cracking your knuckles does not lead to arthritis. http://arthritis-symptom.com/questionsandsnswers/arthritis-knuckles.htm