1. Why Are My Bones Always Cracking

LOUD Bone Cracking.ASMR. Head to Toe!!! By Dr Joseph Cipriano DC Located at: Suite 1117 301 N Main Street Greenville, South Carolina 29601 To Book an Appoin. Stop bone crackling naturally. Exercise: When your head is held tightly in one position for a long period, then you have muscle spasms. You should make easy exercise in your home even in your office to relax your neck and to rid of the muscle spasms. Also these exercises will help you to remove the cracking sound. It is very simple exercise. If you want to stop your joints from cracking, stay active and stretch daily to keep your joints flexible. Since movement helps distribute the fluid in your joints, which cuts down on cracking, try to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Cracking finger joints makes a distinct cracking or popping sound.
  1. Jul 30, 2007  Best Answer: Generally the cracking noise is caused by gases being released from your joints. Basically, synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you stretch before exercise or at any time, you stretch the joint capsule.
  2. Tight muscles and tendons may contribute, which is why cracking often occurs when you first rise from bed or a chair. Sometimes the noise is related to worn cartilage in the joints and bones rubbing together, which can cause pain. You should speak with your doctor if your joint cracking is associated with any pain, limited motion, or joint.
  3. Oct 09, 2017  Simple stretching just stretches or elongates the muscle but muscle release technique actually activates the tight muscles and makes them more balanced resulting in getting rid of Knee Cracking. To do this exercise, sit with the affected calf on top of a tennis ball. Pull the other leg on top of it and roll yourself up and down over the ball.

Cracking joints is manipulating one's joints to produce a distinct cracking or popping sound. It is sometimes performed by physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and masseurs in Turkish baths.[1]

The cracking of joints, especially knuckles, was long believed to lead to arthritis[2][3] and other joint problems. However, medical research has not demonstrated such a connection.

The cracking mechanism and the resulting sound is caused by carbon dioxide cavitation bubbles suddenly partially collapsing inside the joints.[4]


MRI of a cracking finger joint, visualizing cavitation.

For many decades, the physical mechanism that causes the cracking sound as a result of bending, twisting, or compressing joints was uncertain. Suggested causes included:

  • Formation of bubbles of joint air as the joint is expanded.[5]
  • Cavitation within the joint—small cavities of partial vacuum form in the synovial fluid and then rapidly collapse, producing a sharp sound.[6][7]
  • Rapid stretching of ligaments.[8]
  • Intra-articular (within-joint) adhesions being broken.[8]

There were several theories to explain the cracking of joints. Synovial fluid cavitation has some evidence to support it.[9] When a spinal manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the articular surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity. In this low-pressure environment, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid (which are naturally found in all bodily fluids) leave the solution, making a bubble, or cavity, which rapidly collapses upon itself, resulting in a 'clicking' sound.[10] The contents of the resultant gas bubble are thought to be mainly carbon dioxide.[11] The effects of this process will remain for a period of time known as the 'refractory period,' during which the joint cannot be 're-cracked,' which lasts about twenty minutes, while the gases are slowly reabsorbed into the synovial fluid. There is some evidence that ligament laxity may be associated with an increased tendency to cavitate.[12]

In 2015, research showed that bubbles remained in the fluid after cracking, suggesting that the cracking sound was produced when the bubble within the joint was formed, not when it collapsed.[5] In 2018, a team in France created a mathematical simulation of what happens in a joint just before it cracks. The team concluded that the sound is caused by bubbles' collapse, and bubbles observed in the fluid are the result of a partial collapse. Due to the theoretical basis and lack of physical experimentation, the scientific community is still not fully convinced of this conclusion.[4][13][14]

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The snapping of tendons or scar tissue over a prominence (as in snapping hip syndrome) can also generate a loud snapping or popping sound.[8]


The common claim that cracking one's knuckles causes arthritis is not supported by evidence.[15] A study published in 2011 examined the hand radiographs of 215 people (aged 50 to 89) and compared the joints of those who regularly cracked their knuckles to those who did not.[16] The study concluded that knuckle-cracking did not cause hand osteoarthritis, no matter how many years or how often a person cracked their knuckles.[16] A 1990 study also concluded that there was no increased preponderance of arthritis of the hand of chronic knuckle-crackers but that habitual knuckle-crackers were more likely to have hand swelling and lowered grip strength.[3] It claimed further that habitual knuckle-cracking was associated with manual labour, biting of the nails, smoking, and drinking alcohol and suggested it resulted in functional hand impairment.[3] This early study has been criticized for not taking into consideration the possibility of confounding factors, such as whether the ability to crack one's knuckles is associated with impaired hand functioning rather than being a cause of it.[17]

See also[edit]

  • Crepitus—sounds made by joints
How to stop bones from clicking


  1. ^Richard Boggs, Hammaming in the Sham: A Journey Through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond, 2012, ISBN1859643256, p. 161
  2. ^Shmerling, Robert H. (14 May 2018). 'Knuckle cracking: Annoying & harmful, or just annoying?'. How do we know that knuckle cracking is harmless?. health.harvard.edu. Retrieved 19 July 2019. One study published in 1990 found that among 74 people who regularly cracked their knuckles, their average grip strength was lower and there were more instances of hand swelling than among 226 people who did not crack their knuckles. However, the incidence of arthritis was the same in both groups.
  3. ^ abcCastellanos, Jorge; Axelrod, David (May 1990). 'Effect of habitual knuckle cracking on hand function'. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 49 (5): 308–9. doi:10.1136/ard.49.5.308. PMC1004074. PMID2344210.
  4. ^ abDvorsky, George. 'Simulation May Finally Explain Why Knuckle Cracking Makes That Awful Sound'. Gizmodo. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ abGregory N. Kawchuk; Jerome Fryer; Jacob L. Jaremko; Hongbo Zeng; Lindsay Rowe; Richard Thompson (2015). 'Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation'. PLoS ONE. 10 (6): 384–390. Bibcode:2015PLoSO.1019470K. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119470. PMC4398549. PMID25875374.
  6. ^Knapton, Sarah (15 April 2015). 'Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial'. The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^Sample, Ian; editor, science (15 April 2015). 'Cracked it! Scientists solve puzzle of why knuckles pop when pulled'. The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  8. ^ abcProtopapas M, Cymet T, Protapapas M (1 May 2002). 'Joint cracking and popping: understanding noises that accompany articular release'. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 102 (5): 283–7. PMID12033758. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  9. ^Brodeur R. (1995). 'The audible release associated with joint manipulation'. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 18 (3): 155–64. PMID7790795.
  10. ^Maigne, Jean-Yves; Vautravers, Philippe (September 2003). 'Mechanism of action of spinal manipulative therapy'. Joint Bone Spine. 70 (5): 336–341. doi:10.1016/S1297-319X(03)00074-5.
  11. ^Unsworth A, Dowson D, Wright V (1971). ''Cracking joints'. A bioengineering study of cavitation in the metacarpophalangeal joint'. Ann Rheum Dis. 30 (4): 348–58. doi:10.1136/ard.30.4.348. PMC1005793. PMID5557778.[1]
  12. ^Fryer, Gary; Jacob Mudge & McLaughlin, Patrick (2002). 'The Effect of Talocrural Joint Manipulation on Range of Motion at the Ankle'(PDF). Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 25 (6): 384–390. doi:10.1067/mmt.2002.126129. PMID12183696.
  13. ^'Why Does Cracking Your Knuckles Make So Much Noise? Science Finally Has an Answer'. Time. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  14. ^Chandran Suja, V.; Barakat, A. I. (29 March 2018). 'A Mathematical Model for the Sounds Produced by Knuckle Cracking'. Scientific Reports. 8 (1): 4600. Bibcode:2018NatSR..8.4600C. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22664-4. ISSN2045-2322. PMC5876406. PMID29599511.
  15. ^Rizvi, Asad; Loukas, Marios; Oskouian, Rod J.; Tubbs, R. Shane (August 2018). 'Let's get a hand on this: Review of the clinical anatomy of 'knuckle cracking''. Clinical Anatomy. 31 (6): 942–945. doi:10.1002/ca.23243. ISSN0897-3806. PMID30080300.
  16. ^ abDeweber K, Olszewski M, Ortolano R (2011). 'Knuckle cracking and hand osteoarthritis'. J Am Board Fam Med. 24 (2): 169–174. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2011.02.100156. PMID21383216.
  17. ^Simkin, Peter (November 1990). 'Habitual knuckle cracking and hand function'. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 49 (11): 957. doi:10.1136/ard.49.11.957-b. PMC1004281. PMID2256753.

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