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Old 04-19-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy Recently developed clicky thumb. Will I get arthritis?

Is it an old wives' tale that having clicky fingers means that you are predisposed to arthritis when you're older?

I use my netbook a lot, and I think that as a result, it has changed my right thumb causing it to click after I straighten out my thumb.

I am sure that it is a result of the way I type when using the keyboard: Almost all of my fingers are spread out when I type, except for my right thumb (which is curled as I type - I probably do this because the keyboard for a netbook is quite small, so I curl my right thumb so that almost all fingers [9] have enough room on the keyboard as I type). When I stop typing and pause for a second, that is the only moment when my right thumb becomes straight, and when I straighten my thumb, it clicks.

This making me feel uncomfortable. As a child, I remember people joking around and showing how they could make their finger joints make noise, and I always remember my mum and other people tutting, saying words to the effect of "Dont do that! You will give yourself arthritis when you're older".

I dont know the correct medical term for this and I've looked online, so I apologise in advance for my ignorance.

Should I go and see my doctor? Im still young(ish!). Im 27 and don't want to get arthritis when I'm older.

All input is appreciated.

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:35 AM   #2
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Re: Recently developed clicky thumb. Will I get arthritis?

Cracking or clicking your joints does not cause arthritis. It's normal to have joints make noise sometimes, especially when you are moving it for the first time in a while.

If you have pain or difficulty moving the joint, then get it checked out.

 
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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Re: Recently developed clicky thumb. Will I get arthritis?

Thanks for the quick reply

I don't have any pain. Thanks for pointing out what I need to look out for! That made me feel a bit more at ease

I'm worried in case if it could be Repetitive Strain Injury...

 
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