Ever crack your knuckles and hear them pop?

 

Photo credit: Graeme Paterson licensed under CC BY 2.0

Now researchers may finally know why. Apparently the noise is caused by microscopic bubbles when they pop. Summer Delany, PIX11, explains:

Your knuckles are surrounded by fluid, and when you stretch and move your joints, the pressure creates bubbles. When those bubbles collapse, a sound is produced.

And no, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, but “[c]hronic knuckle-crackers [are] more likely to have swollen hands and reduced grip strength.”

 

Comment (1)

  1. Suzanne Knight

    I also read recently that there’s an association between grip strength and length of life in people.

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