Dr. Ruderman explains if you can develop arthritis from cracking your knuckles.
Cracking your knuckles will not cause arthritis. Your mother told you not to crack your knuckles because it annoyed her and she did not like you doing it but cracking your knuckles will actually not cause arthritis.
About Dr. Ruderman, M.D.:
Dr. Eric M. Ruderman, M.D., is associate professor in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Dr. Ruderman graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York. He completed his residence at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.