Parents, you guys always tell us to go down the right path, right? Well, I would sure hope so. But the myths you tell us just sometimes seem very absurd. Take for example “popping your fingers.” You basically tell us that one day following years of knuckle popping with enough persistence, we will obtain huge knuckles, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and a host of other abnormalities. Just sometimes, parents, your stories are a little out there, especially this knuckle business.
Popping your Knuckles
All of the joints of the hand have “synovial fluid” which act just like axle grease in your car. This fluid allows your bones to slide against one another with no restraint. When you “pop” your fingers, you are expanding the volume of space between your bones, which creates a negative pressure which then sucks the synovial fluid into the newly created space.
This sudden inflow of fluid is the popping you feel and hear when you crack a knuckle. So, just like the muscles in your body, the more you “pop” your knuckles, the more they will stretch and become easier to pop. So with all this new knowledge you have obtained, is it really a bad thing to pop your knuckles?
This man is probably my hero; this is Dr. Pedro Beredjiklian.
Dr. Pedro Beredjiklian, a bone and joint specialist, assures us, “almost certainly no.” Multiple studies have looked into the prevalence of knuckle “crackers” among large groups of osteoarthritis patients. They found no evidence that finger pullers and poppers are more likely to suffer from arthritis than those who don’t crack their knuckles.
He has allowed me to be able to tell my parents that they are completely wrong. With his research, he has “debunked” this myth that has gone on for way too many years. Thank you sir: I salute you.
Now I can pop my fingers in peace.