The consequences of habitual knuckle cracking

West J Med. 1975 May;122(5):377-9.


Habitual knuckle cracking in children has been considered a cause of arthritis. A survey of a geriatric patient population with a history of knuckle cracking failed to show a correlation between knuckle cracking and degenerative changes of the metacarpal phalangeal joints.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / etiology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Finger Joint*
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / etiology
  • Male
  • Metacarpus*