• Question: Is cracking your knuckles bad for you?

    Asked by yuliya to Anne, Florence, Mark, Neil, Sinead on 13 Nov 2015.
    • Photo: Neil Day

      Neil Day answered on 13 Nov 2015:

      Anything done to excess can be bad for you. Therefore a bit of cracking is ok as it releases gas that builds up in the knuckles

    • Photo: Florence McCarthy

      Florence McCarthy answered on 15 Nov 2015:

      If long term and prolonged it probably is as they are likely to inflame at some point in the future.

    • Photo: Mark Collins

      Mark Collins answered on 15 Nov 2015:

      There is no evidence to suggest that it is bad for you but it may annoy your neighbours beside you in class!! So be careful and respectful of all around you.

    • Photo: Sinead Balgobin

      Sinead Balgobin answered on 16 Nov 2015:

      It’s not bad for your knuckles, because the cracking is just popping bubbles of gas that build up in the spaces between your bones. It is annoying as hell though, and since my brother loves to do it to wind me up, it can be bad for his health.