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Does knuckle cracking lead to arthritis of the fingers?

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Tags: arthritis, harms, aging, pain problems

Four articles on PainSci cite Unger 1998: 1. The Complete Guide to Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain2. The Complete Guide to IT Band Syndrome3. The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome4. The Complete Guide to Neck Pain & Cricks

PainSci commentary on Unger 1998: ?This page is one of thousands in the bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided wherever possible.

This study won an “Ig Nobel Prize,” awarded to Donald L. Unger for diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand only — never his right — every day for more than sixty (60) years. What did he find? “There was no arthritis in either hand, and no apparent differences between the two hands.… there is no apparent relationship between knuckle cracking and the subsequent development of arthritis of the fingers.”

~ Paul Ingraham

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