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Knobby Knuckle Advice
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Myth or fact? Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.

Cracking your knuckles makes you sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies and never goes over well at a wedding. But, although it’s painful for us to hear, you’re not doing any harm to your joints, bones, or muscles when you crack—unless you feel pain. The noise is simply caused by the high-pressure suction of gas being expelled when your joints move apart. If it hurts when your knuckles or knees crack, see your doctor to assess what kind of joint damage you may have.

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Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, November/December 2005. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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