Is Popping or Cracking Bones harmful for your body ?
Like cracking bones from fingers, legs, neck, lower back ? Is it harmful? Does your parents yell when you do it? Afraid of loose bones after the age of 60 ?
The painless cracking of bones is not at all harmful. Our elders always warn us about “Arthritis” if bones are cracked. Through MRI, in 2015, a group of researchers from Canada, studied that knuckle cracking occurs when a space is created in the synovial fluid in the form of bubbles present in the joints. The capsule around the joint which contains this gas filled fluid causes the bubbles to burst which causes that cracking sound.
Multiple studies has been conducted to solve the mystery of cracking bones if it is harmful or not. A large group of osteoarthritis patients were asked to pop bones on regular basis. After a long years of observation, no evidence was found that popping can lead to suffer from arthritis than those who don’t. Also, Doctor Donald L Unger was quite curious about the long term effect of knuckle cracking. Hence he experimented on himself by popping fingers of only on hand for many years. He also found no difference or evidence of arthritis and therefore concluded that cracking or popping can cause no harm to the bones.
Let the white lie told by our elder rest in the grave. It may be quite irritating for few people and maybe such myths were made. If you face any issue while cracking or popping joints, do consult a doctor.