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Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

We often get asked if cracking your knuckles or neck can cause arthritis. The short answer is no, as no solid evidence supports this theory. Studies show that knuckle cracking doesn’t correlate with increased osteoarthritis of the hands. Although chiropractors dislike “cracking,” we understand what you mean.

Similarly, there is no evidence that cracking your neck leads to arthritis. If a doctor suggests this, ask them for proof of the research, which doesn’t exist.

While some patients may get relief from cracking their spines, they shouldn’t feel the need to do it constantly. Often, these individuals have a deficiency in spinal stabilization or crave the endorphin rush associated with cracking. However, patients tend to crack their spines less frequently after beginning a course of chiropractic care.