Our expert says:
Cracking your joints put a lot of stress on the cartilage of the joint and can cause functional damage to it but is normally not a cause of arthritis. The more important question is why do you do it? Does it make you feel better when you are nervous or anxious? Maybe this should then be looked at, or you should try a herbal anti-anxiety medication like Biral that you can buy over the counter.
If the joint itself is irritated, rather let your GP have a look to see if you need x/rays or referal to a hand specialist.
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