#1
Does cracking knuckles affect you later in life? Everyone keeps telling me that if I crack my knuckles too much i'll get arthritis and such when im older. And that would suck for guitar playing, obviously. So has anyone heard about it?
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#3
no! this is just a stupid old wives tale.

scientific studies say that it is just a way for joints to release the gas that pents up inside of them, and that releasing the gas does no harm. this also creates the popping sound.

anyway, every bone in your body is replenished (regrown, as in its a whole new bone) every 5 to 10 years, so if it did hurt, you would have new bones in 5-10 years so... yah.

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#5
C-man, thats what I had heard, too. So yay!
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#6
Yeah, it's a wives tail, most commonly associated with Rhumatoid Arthritis; where you joints swell up HUGE and causes a lot of pain. Really sad occurance though.

I pop my fingers so they won't be so stiff when I'm playing.
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#7
And if you keep making that face when you do pinch harmonics, it'll freeze that way forever.
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#8
im so pleased to hear its an old wives tale cos my mum and dad always say i wont be able to play guitar when im like 40
#9
No.
Just found out. The click is not caused by bones hitting against each other. You have a liquid that lubricates the joints with CO2 dissolved in. Sometimes you get a CO2 bubble (which allows you to click your knuckles). The sound is caused by the liquid hitting into itself from when the CO2 bubble escaped.
#10
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No.
Just found out. The click is not caused by bones hitting against each other. You have a liquid that lubricates the joints with CO2 dissolved in. Sometimes you get a CO2 bubble (which allows you to click your knuckles). The sound is caused by the liquid hitting into itself from when the CO2 bubble escaped.

i thought it was nitrogen, like the squeky pop test in school
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#13
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It's a release of Nitrogen if I remember my physiology right.

NITROGEN thats the word i was thinking of...... ill chandge what i said now lol
#15
It just releases the air/gas in between your joints, which is actually good to do.
#16
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i thought it was nitrogen, like the squeky pop test in school


lol,
#17
yeah my science teacher said it didn't do any harm
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#18
there is no substantial proof that cracking your knuckles will do anything to cause arthritis..

however, there is some evidence that it MAY lead to reduced grip strength, but even that is still in the hypothesis stage anyway.
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#19
Quote by Kivarenn82
there is no substantial proof that cracking your knuckles will do anything to cause arthritis..

however, there is some evidence that it MAY lead to reduced grip strength, but even that is still in the hypothesis stage anyway
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This is true. Does nothing to arthritis, but can weaken your grip strength.
#20
i crack my knuckles quite frequently too and i was always told that if i kept cracking them i was going to get arthritis in my hands.

i actually did a research project on Arthritis in school, and one thing i found was that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the assumption cracking your knuckles will lead to Arthritis in your fingers in the future. in other words cracking your knuckles doesnt and wont cause arthritis in your fingers, its just a myth. so crack away lol.
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#21
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And if you keep making that face when you do pinch harmonics, it'll freeze that way forever.


I lol'd
#22
I asked my chiropractor about this. He told me it doesn't hurt you in anyway. Its just like adjusting your back.