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Does popping or cracking joints cause damage?

29th October 2006

In most cases, the pops and cracks that some of us hear are harmless:

Most of the time the snapping or popping sensation around joints is nothing to worry about.  This is especially true if it occurs pretty equally on the right and left side of your body and has been there for a long time, without symptoms.  This is usually due to a tendon snapping across a bony prominence, resulting in a noise.  It is fairly common around the shoulder, wrist, hip, and ankle.

Even cracking your knuckles is often nothing to worry about. However the doctor does recommend that you do it in moderation.

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