Avid knuckle cracker??


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Hey guys!

So I'm betting that I have some chronic knuckle crackers in here. I myself fall into this category. I don't really know why I do it but I have done it since I was little and it seems to have developed into a habit. It seems that it has turned into a stress reliever for me because that is when I do it the most, when I am stressed out. When I was little my mom used to tell me to stop cracking my knuckles because if I did it too much, one day my fingers would get so big and ugly that my wedding ring would not fit me. For a little girl dreaming of a big white wedding and a big diamond ring that is a pretty alarming statement because let's face it, who wants to have arthritis ridden hands on their big day?

Well I have some good news. Getting arthritis from cracking your fingers is a common misconception. Whoo! But don't get too excited, cracking your knuckles can in some cases cause pain. But we'll get to that later. First, here is a bit on your anatomy.

Here is just a little vocab list:

Knuckles=joints

Joints= a spot where two bones come together to allow movement

Ligaments: the tissue that holds the bones together

Capsule: this covers the joint

 

Okay so now that you have got to vocab, here is the explanation. Inside the capsule, which covers the joint, there is a special liquid (synovial fluid) that acts as a lubricant to make the joint move smother. This fluid contains dissolved gas. When the joints are stretched the dissolved gas turns into in to a bubble and when this gas bubble pops we hear the familiar "crack". Overall this action does not cause much damage and so you finger crackers out there don't have too much to worry about!


 

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Wow! This has shown a big light on this subject for me. I remember when I was younger my mom would always tell me that I should never crack my joints because it could cause arthritis. I also have always wondered why the joints would make such a weird sound. I figured it had to be two things rubbing together or a air or something but more importantly I always assumed that it would be bad to try to crack the joints because i didn't want to end up with arthritic hands, feet, or anything else! I am truly amazed.

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