Can cracking knuckles ease gout pain?

Gout & Cracking Joints

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    Eric Bolvin
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    Gout & Cracking toes

    Hi; I find that sometimes cracking my toes will stop a gout attack or slow it down. Whenever I feel an attack I take the Colchicine and then try cracking my toes. My theory is that when you crack a joint the synovial fluid is flushed out of the joint, making the crack. When this happens the flushing synovial fluid takes along some of the crystals with it.


    Can cracking knuckles ease gout pain?

    Can cracking knuckles ease gout pain?

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    Eric Bolvin
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    There is a limit on how long my post can be!
    One time I had an attack and instead of a blood test, they drained fluid straight from the toe joint for analysis. This also stopped the pain as they drained off the crystals as well.
    It doesn’t work with a full-on attack because of swelling. I am wondering if anyone has tried ultra-sound during a full attack followed by a chiropractic crack. Might be worth a try if you had access.

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    Eric Bolvin
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    Part 3
    Hi; I find that sometimes cracking my toes will stop a gout attack or slow it down. Whenever I feel an attack I take the Colchicine and then try cracking my toes. My theory is that when you crack a joint the synovial fluid is flushed out of the joint, making the crack. When this happens the flushing synovial fluid takes along some of the crystals with it.
    One time I had an attack and instead of a blood test, they drained fluid straight from the toe joint for analysis. This also stopped the pain as they drained off the crystals as well.
    It doesn’t work with a full-on attack because of swelling. I am wondering if anyone has tried ultra-sound during a full attack followed by a chiropractic crack. Might be worth a try if you had access.

  • #6044

    Keith Taylor
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    Firstly, Eric, I’m sorry you are having problems posting. There is no limit on the length of posts or number of posts. So, I must assume there is a problem with the computer you are using. I’m not trying to pass the buck, and I’ll try to help if I can. Maybe you could start a new topic in General Discussion about this? Then you can describe what is happening. Also, you could send me a screenshot so I can see what is happening.

    Gout & Cracking Joints

    Your theory about cracking your toes is interesting. So let’s look at what really happens during joint cracking

    It doesn’t support your idea about synovial fluid. Because no fluid leaves the joints when gas bubbles form and burst. But, it does show that extraordinary events happen when joints crack. So that might have an impact on the very complicated gout pain process. Unfortunately, that research also leaves questions unanswered. Specifically, we need research on gout sufferers.

    I like your idea of trying it during an ultrasound scan. Because ultrasound can be a helpful gout resource. So combining those findings with any changes from cracking the joint would be very interesting.

    In the meantime, I’d love to hear from anyone else who gets gout pain relief by cracking the affected joint.

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    Keith Taylor
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    Due to the high level of interest in this topic, I had another look for studies about gout and cracking joints. But there aren’t any.

    In fact, I had a closer look at the study mentioned in the video above:
    Castellanos, Jorge, and David Axelrod. “Effect of habitual knuckle cracking on hand function.” Annals of the rheumatic diseases 49, no. 5 (1990): 308.

    Now, that study mentions gout. But only as a condition suffered by joint crackers and non-crackers in that study. So I can confirm that joint cracking does not appear to affect your chance of getting gout. But I also confirm there are no studies of the effects on joint pain.

    So the only way forward is to try for yourself. Because the consensus from the reports of long-term effects is that there little or no harm caused by cracking joints. But remember to post your results here.

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