In a word? No. Earlier research has found that knuckle popping can lead to expansion of the joint and tendons, but will not cause any arthritis or damage. However, constantly knuckle popping isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re hands feel tight, try stretching the muscles instead with massage and hand exercises. This should be more effective relief.
If you’re suffering from chronic, painful joint pain in your hands or wrist, you should schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist who can examine you and help determine a course of treatment
Dr. Richard Knauft is our fellowship trained hand surgeon and specialist at Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Brook Army Medical Center and completed his hand surgery Fellowship at the National Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Knauft has active memberships with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Association of Hand Surgery and Portsmouth Academy of Medicine. He specializes in hand and wrist reconstruction surgery and general orthopaedics.