Honestly most of us have been scolded by our mom, dad, teachers and elders because of cracking the knuckles. I mean the urge to do so can not be controlled easily but our parents tried every way possible to make us stop doing that by giving some weird reasons like doing so can cause arthritis, can lead to joint pain and what not. Well if you are someone who has believed all this your whole life then it's time to come out of your nutshell and face the reality. Here we are debunking some common myths about knuckle cracking and the truth behind it with Dr. Manav Vora. Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Doctor.
What is knuckle cracking?
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Something that most of us have done all our childhood and have been scolded for, knuckle cracking is pressing the finger joints in such a way that they produce a cracking or pop sound. This sound is produced when you pull or bend the finger joints which creates some space within the joint capsule by sucking the synovial joint.
Why do people do it?
Although many people follow his practice subconsciously, there are various reasons due to which people crack their knuckles. Here are some of the most common reasons due to which people crack their knuckles-
- Nervousness- Similar to curling hair and wringing hands, cracking knuckles is also a sign of nervousness that occupies your hands.
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- Stress- Some people use knuckle cracking as a diversion when they are stressed as a diversion to release the stress without causing any kind of harm.
- Sound- Not a very solid reason to practice something as knuckle practice but some people actually perform this activity just because they like the sound of it.
- Habit- It all starts with nervousness and stress and eventually turns into a habit due to which people find themselves cracking their knuckles unconsciously throughout the day for five times or more.
- For the feeling- Some people follow this practice for the kind of sensation it gives to the body and they think that it helps them to relieve the tension in their joints and increases its mobility.
5 Myths About Knuckle Cracking
Here we are debunking five most common myths about knuckle cracking and will talk about the real facts behind them.
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Cracking knuckles can be harmful
Well if all your childhood your mother told you that cracking your knuckles is harmful for you then rush and tell her that this time she was wrong. Researchers have found that cracking knuckles has no harm on your health and is a safe practice overall.
Cracking knuckles can cause arthritis in the hand joints.
We are sure that you might have heard this at least once in your lives that ‘ Cracking knuckles will give you arthritis when you grow old”. There is no relation between knuckle cracking and arthritis or any kind of joint pain for that matter. Researchers have found that there is no long term long term impact of cracking knuckles.
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Knuckle cracking can result in breaking the bones of your hand
Another myth that people have been believing blindly for years now is that knuckle cracking can actually result in breaking the bones of their hands and can result in permanent bone damage.
Cracking of knee joint is a reason to worry
Knee cracking might come from rubbing of knee caps with the bones below the tendon by sliding across the irregular surface. In the absence of any kind of joint pain, swelling or other kinds of symptoms. As these sounds are nothing to be concerned about as there is no such reliable way to silence them.
The number of noises you hear when you bend, twist or pull your knuckles, tends to reveal the number of people who are in love with you.
This has to be one of the most absurd myths of them all as there is no correlation between the knuckle sound and people loving you. This sound is produced when you pull or bend the finger joints which creates some space within the joint capsule by sucking the synovial joint.
This article has been created based upon the post by Dr. Manav Vora on his instagram account.
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