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anything_animal
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   Posted 12/15/2005 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it true that cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis? I find I have major joint pain in my toes, fingers, ankles and knees. All the place I crack my joints. I'd like to say I've stopped cracking them, but that would be a lie. They start to get really stiff and sore, and when I crack them it feels better. So, is it true that cracking your joints can lead to arthritis?

oreo
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   Posted 12/15/2005 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Nothing is ever a silly question. The only silly/stupid question is the one that is never asked!!!! Welcome to HW anything.... while it is NOT true that cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis it can contribute to it. Does that make sense? Cracking them in itself will not cause the disease. The "cracking" sound that you hear when you crack your knuckles is the ligament popping/sliding. Don't know how else to describe it. With repetative cracking you can weaken/stretch/harm the ligament which can lead to damage to the ligaments around the joints. As with any repetative motion, over time damage can occur. It doesn't always happen. I cracked my knuckles for years and still do but that did not cause my arthritis however because the joints have been weakened over time when my arthritis flared up (due to psoriasis) the weakened joints were a prime area to be affected.
If your joints feel tight and then feel better after you crack them then I would be looking at a ligament issue. Do you use your hands alot? ie. are you a computer person who spends hours aday typing? What leads to the "tightening"? Can you nail down a specific time that you start to feel the joints becoming stiff? If you are having a lot of pain than I would get into see your Dr and see if you could be develping arthritis or if it is more of a tendonitis. I'm sure that Erin and the others will be along shortly to welcome you and add (or correct, if needed) to what I have said.

Oreo
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   Posted 12/15/2005 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you did a marvelous job Oreo! :) Welcome anything_animal! I hope you decide to stick around with us and continue to post!
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel

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-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant

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oreo
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   Posted 12/15/2005 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ducky!!
Oreo
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