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Is Joint Cracking Bad?

It’s a common question from athletes and non-athletes. You’ve heard from people around you that it could cause arthritis, so obviously you’re concerned.


Who wants to get arthritis? Arthritis never sounds great.


I haven’t read that there is definite proof that it causes arthritis. There are things I look for at the joint to make sure it doesn’t need to be checked out. Does it cause pain? Does it feel stable? Is there swelling or a sandpaper noise?


Why are those the things I’m looking for?


  • Instability is not supposed to happen. I often see this at the knee because you