This video breaks down the science and studies behind joint cavitation – the popping noise that occurs when joints are cracked.
Studies done on groups who did and didn’t crack the knuckles in their hands show that there is no link between knuckle cracking and arthritis. Modern studies show that popping or cracking of joints is perfectly healthy for joints.
Although some chiropractic adjustments include popping sounds and some don’t, there are studies showing that a popping noise (or lack thereof) does not mean that was a better adjustment. A popping noise usually occurs from a faster adjustment, and does not mean it was better, and does not harm you or your joints. Overall, chiropractic care is not bad for your joints, and does not cause arthritis.