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Cracking Down on Knuckles

Cracking Down on Knuckles - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Could your mom be yanking your chain when she tells you cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis? Find out what that popping noise is and the dangers of cracking your knuckles.

You've all heard the story that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis. Maybe your mom can't stand that "popping" noise and that's why she tells you knuckle cracking will damage your finger joints. Kidzworld did some digging around to find out what makes that "popping" noise and if it causes arthritis. Here's what we found out.

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The Real Deal on Cracking Your Kuckles

What's really happening when you "crack" your knuckles is that you are either pushing the joint back into or out of its normal position. Joints are the meeting points of two separate bones which are held together by connecting tissues and ligaments. A thick, clear lubricant (made mostly of carbon dioxide and some nitrogen) called synovial fluid is found between the bones. When you stretch or pull your finger to get that desired popping noise, you are causing the bones to pull apart. Pressure is reduced on the synovial fluid and bubbles form that quickly expand and then burst - which is why you get that noise.

Does Knuckle Cracking Lead to Arthritis?

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.

What do Kidzworld members think about knuckle cracking? Keep reading to find out:

1 I actually crack my fingers ALL THE TIME. That is the only way I can relieve the tension that hurts my fingers. My dad actually doesn't like me doing it, and my mom is the squeamish one. When someone cracks their knuckles, I feel like I have to crack mine. I can't remember when I started... probably a few years ago.

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Nickname: THibbertLvr
Age: 16

1 No the cracking sound does not make me squeamish, it relieves the tension in my fingers after writing for a while.

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Nickname: blackbear201
Age: 13

1 I need to crack certain joints a lot, otherwise I get a huge amount of pain in that certain joint!

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Nickname: vira332
Age: 13

1 I've cracked my knuckles, my toes, my back, my neck, for, like, ever! It feels great and relieves stress (I hope and think!!) I do it all the time, now everyone at my school's doing it!

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Nickname: XoSwEeTnSeXiOx
Age: 15

1 When I write I crack my knuckles or they hurt.

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Nickname: Hotdude00
Age: 14

1 I don't get squeamish when people pop their knuckles or any other joints. I pop my neck, back, knuckles, wrist, elbows, knees, ankles, toes... Haha, you name it, I pop it! =P

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Nickname: checkoutthetempos
Age: 15

1 I pop my knuckles all the time - it's a habit I can't stop. I pop my toes, thumbs, neck and back... pretty much anything that can be popped I pop! It feels good and I like doing it.

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Nickname: ladyburpsalot
Age: 13

1 Hey, I can ckrack 19 parts of my body - 39 counting all toes and fingers individually. This is a big help to get my mom off my back. Thanx for putting it up. :-D

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Nickname: godsdliveysirvis
Age: 13

1 I crack my knuckles sometimes but the main joint I pop is my elbows. It feels so good but I am worried it's bad for the bone or something.

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Nickname: mohawkmonsoon
Age: 14

Do you crack your knuckles? Is it a habit you can't stop? if the sound of "popping" knuckles makes you squirm.

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  • I gotta join in when someone cracks a knuckle.
  • I glare at any cracker rude enough to do that in public.
  • I cringe at that horrid sound.
  • I pull my hair out and run, screaming in terror.

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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