Sports Physiotherapist Dr. Heather North examines the pros and cons of cracking your knuckles and other joints; is it an old wives tale or can it actually be good for them?
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Podcast length: 10′ 16″
Dr. Heather North explains what happens when we crack our joints and dispels the myths surrounding this. What happens when the joints are cracked and what makes the cracking noise? We also learn about joint health in general from bending knees for an extended period to joint manipulation. Should we tolerate any pain associated with joints being cracked or manipulated and what causes inflammation. More notes below.
Cracking Your Knuckles and Other Snapping and Cracking of your joints and body
Is it an old wives tale?
What makes that noise?
Gas escaping the synovial fluid with a quick stretch or movement
Questions to ask…
Is it painful?
Does it cause inflammation?
Does it cause tissue to hurt after?
What is it and it is bad for you?
How to decrease incidence?
What is it and is it bad for you?
What to do to help it decrease?
Medical joint manipulations
Info on this and efficacy
Can you do them yourself
Cracking knuckles and other joints
Is it bad for you, does it cause arthritis, is that an old wives tale.
Or is it helpful?
Pops and snapping are gas escaping
if it’s not painful, it’s not a problem
if it’s causing inflammation or causing irritation to the tissue that is a problem
Joint cracking and popping is generally beneficial as long as it’s not causing discomfort
Knee noises – grinding is ok unless it’s painful – chondromalasia is common
keep quads loose
don’t spend time with knees bent – stretch your legs out and rest them on something’