nav
contact

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 2:16 pm:

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
Learn more

At this time, Wake Forest Baptist Health is following state and national guidelines and is limiting COVID-19 testing in the outpatient setting to only patients ill enough to require admission to the hospital.

More COVID-19 Updates

Does Knuckle Cracking Cause Harm?

Does Knuckle Cracking Cause Harm?

My son always cracks his knuckles. Can it affect him later in life?
- Dan

Medical research isn't completely clear on this. The answer may depend on how often someone is knuckle cracking. Although it's generally not shown to cause arthritis, as some people have thought, habitual knuckle cracking may lead to some hand swelling or reduced grip strength later in life.

Knuckle cracking is probably a good habit to break. Besides possibly causing future problems, joint cracking can be annoying to other people.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: July 2014