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Re: how come when I rotate my hands it sounds like my joints are cracking? by biotrex ..... Ask Barefoot Herbalist

Date:   2/27/2006 3:35:53 PM ( 15 years ago ago)
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What can you do to stop this? Stop rotating that joint.

For most folks, when you "crack" a joint, you're either moving the joint back into or out of its normal position. A thick, clear lubricant that's made mostly of carbon dioxide and some nitrogen called synovial fluid is found between the bones. When you rotate a joint beyond it's normal position, you cause the bones to slightly pull apart. Pressure on the synovial fluid is reduced and bubbles form that quickly expand and then burst - which is why you get that cracking noise.

I can wiggle my fingers and get my knuckle joints to "crack." I'm not concerned about it and kind of find it "fun."


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