FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow Institute

Do You Crack Your Knuckles?

While working on computers, we often get tired, stretch our hands, and crack our
knuckles. It is a common habit while you are at something for long hours. You
may start doing it without putting any thought into it. However, you may not
even realize how that one-time thing became your daily habit. Have you ever
wondered why people crack their knuckles? Honestly, there are several reasons
behind it. It may be the sound that makes them crack again and again. Some
people also think cracking makes room for relieving tension and increasing
mobility. Others may do it because they are stressed or nervous about something
or out of habit. It may sound utterly harmless, and what’s the big deal in
cracking your knuckles, but it comes with its own risk in the long run.

People often wonder about the reason behind the pop sound. Synovial fluid lubricates the joint, and when the bones are pulled apart, pressure drops in the joint, causing the dissolved gases to form bubbles. However, cracking your knuckle should not be painful, change your joint’s shape, or cause swelling. But if you do notice, it is due to an underlying condition, such as arthritis or gout.

Cracking your knuckle may not harm you, but it can be annoying or distracting for others around you. However, it is a good idea to get away with that habit. Instead of focusing on knuckle cracking, think about what makes you do it. Is it an
underlying condition? Are you under stress, or is something making you nervous?
It is better to address the cause of it and how often you do it. Consciously paying attention to knuckle cracking and then trying to work on it is a good idea.

Moreover, while cracking, if you feel any pain or the shape of the joint changes, you should not delay in contacting The FORM Hand. It never takes long for any risk to turn into a condition. The best idea is to get away from the habit, even if the underlying cause may or may not be a significant concern. So, schedule an appointment at (510) 480-3700 today.