Harvard Men's Health Watch

Are cracking joints a sign of arthritis?

On call Q. My knees have been cracking for a long time, but lately Iíve noticed my ankles and elbows sometimes crack and pop. Is this a sign of early arthritis? A. The good news is that the usual painless joint cracking or popping does not represent an early form of arthritis, nor does it cause joint damage (despite what our mothers told us about cracking our knuckles). The cracking…

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