Can you get Arthritis from cracking your knuckles? -Greensboro, NC


Knuckle Cracking

“Will I get arthritis from cracking my knuckles?”

This is a very common question, urban legend and myth and a topic that has many people perplexed and worried.

No, cracking your knuckles will not cause you to have arthritis in your hands and fingers later on in life.

A recent study concluded that “in persons aged 50 to 89 years, a history of habitual knuckle cracking does not seem to be a risk factor for hand osteoarthritis”.

If you have hand pain or arthritis or think you may have arthritis, call our office in Greensboro today to speak with a physical therapist and be sure to ask for your Free copy of our book “How to Beat Arthritis.”


About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur all over the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.