Does knuckle popping lead to arthritis?
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Q: Does knuckle popping lead to arthritis? Evidence-based answer: No, habitual knuckle popping, or cracking (over the course of several decades) isn't associated with clinical or radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, retrospective cohort and case control studies). However, attempting to pop the knuckles can produce acute soft tissue injury (SOR: C, case reports).
Journal of Family Practice, 65(10) 2016: 725, 728.