Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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If you like to crack your knuckles, people may have told you to stop because it causes arthritis. And if you hate the sound of knuckles cracking, maybe you’ve even used this reason to get other people to stop doing it. Read on to learn about what really causes arthritis and whether it’s safe to keep cracking your joints.