Cracking knuckles, a harmful habit of many people

Many people have a habit of breaking their joints , twisting their hands and thinking that this will help relax the joints. However, repeating this habit for a long time can damage cartilage and joint structures, causing dangerous complications for joints and bones.

The nature of knuckles

Cracking the knuckles is a habit of many people when feeling the stiffness and numbness of the joints. When the knuckles are broken, there is a cracking noise because most joints are composed of small sacs or spaces containing synovial fluid. This fluid has the effect of lubricating and reducing the impact of bones while you are active.

When you break your knuckles or any other part of your body to “stretch tendons,” the space between the joints expands, the pressure drops causing the synovial fluid to be sucked into the spaces causing a crackling sound. that we often hear.

According to osteoarthritis experts, after breaking the knuckles and knuckles, you may experience 2 feeling more comfortable or falling into a state of pain. In the case of a broken joint that only emits a crack or clumping sound without any symptoms of pain or unusual, you can rest assured. Because this problem is very normal, does not harm bones and joints.

The harm of hand-bending habits

However, when you regularly break joints, the bone structure automatically adjusts, the surrounding ligaments dilate, leading to a number of osteoarthritis.

When you break your knuckles, the ligaments will suddenly stretch. In some cases, the force of the joint is too strong, causing the ligament to stretch beyond the threshold. If you maintain such a habit continuously, the ligaments will lose their elasticity, causing the joints to become loose, increasing the risk of arthritis.

In addition, maintaining the habit of cracking fingers for a long time, with constant frequency, will increase pressure and friction on the joint, which wears out the joint surface. Accordingly, in joint cartilage there are about 2% of cartilage cells. The fracture of the fingers causes the loss of cartilage in the joint due to the accumulation of microscopic injuries. Severe cases can cause degenerative cartilage and arthritis leading to finger joint pain inflammation.

If you maintain this habit for a long time, you will be more likely to experience joint soreness in old age. The act of manipulating and cracking the knuckles will wear down cartilage cells, causing bone spikes, affecting the tissues around the joints, causing pain and inflammation of the fingers. As the age increases, the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage systems become less flexible and more vulnerable, so the twisting joints will increase the speed of joint degeneration.

According to Dr. Nguyen Thi Hang – Osteoarthritis specialist, Tue Tinh Hospital – Vietnam Traditional Medicine Institute: to give up this habit as well as limit damage to joints, every time you feel tired, you You should only move the joint gently back and forth, to the maximum angle of the joint without causing pain or making sound. These simple movements will contribute to increased blood flow to the tissue, making you feel comfortable while avoiding micro-trauma.

The fracture of a finger joint is harmless. But if you make them a habit and perform too many knuckles, it will lead to serious diseases related to bones and joints. Therefore, from now on, let’s give up this habit to have the best bone and joint health

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